Friday, December 23, 2011

Be Food Safe This Holiday Season

Food is one of the very important elements this holiday season. A lot of people will be shopping for meats, spices and other ingredients and dig up some old recipe book or just search it online. But you don’t want food-bourne illnesses ruin you and your family’s holiday cheer.

A lot of people take Food Safety for granted especially this holiday season that’s why more and more people in the US and in other countries are being victimized by foodbourne illnesses like Escherichia coli (E.coli), Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter.

Common symptoms that you have been food poisoned are vomiting, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. But to actually prevent being food poisoned, here are some useful tips that you can do so that you can enjoy your holidays with your family.


Always Wash Your Hands Before and After Handling Food. By simply washing your hands before and after handling food you can make sure that no bacteria will be transferred to the food and also no bacteria from the food will be spread. Wash your hands with warm soapy water up to your wrist and in between your fingers for approx. 20 sec.

Make Sure All Of Your Kitchenware Are Clean.

Wash All Fresh Produce. Produce that you get straight from a farm, supermarket or even repackaged greens should be washed to minimize bacterial contamination.

Make Sure That The Kitchen Is Clean. Working on clean surroundings makes it easier and much comfortable to do the things in the kitchen.

Clean Cutting Boards. Wash them also in warm soapy water after each use. After that rinse and pat dry with clean towel or paper towels, or air them to dry.


Don’t use the same platter or utensils used in raw produce and meat to cooked food. Any bacteria that are present in the raw meat or produce will be also passed through using platters and utensils used. To avoid cross-contamination avoid doing this.

Keep chemicals, pets and household cleaners and toiletries away.

So don’t ruin your holiday vacation and held it alone in the hospital with lots of IV’s stuck in your veins. Be very meticulous in how clean, where you get and properly handle food.
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