World Health Day 2015: All About Food Safety

World Health Day 2015: All About Food Safety

The theme of World Health Day this year is food safety. Is your kitchen safe?


By: Sarah P.

Each year, World Health Day raises awareness for a global health issue. This year, on April 7, the World Health Organization will promote food safety.

Are you and your whole family doing all these things to help prevent foodborne disease in your home? Refresh your understanding with the WHO’s five keys to safer food.

1. Keep Clean
Always wash your hands before handling food and frequently throughout the food prep process. Be sure you are starting with the sanitized utensils and clean surfaces.

2. Separate Raw Ingredients from Cooked
Use separate equipment when handling raw foods. Make sure you use separate utensils, cutting boards and bowls for uncooked ingredients like meat and eggs. Storing something before it’s cooked? Always use separate containers to store uncooked and prepared foods. Even while shopping, keep a clear separation in your shopping cart. No fresh apples on top of the chicken breasts!

3. Cook Thoroughly
Always cook your food completely­ — especially meat, seafood, eggs and poultry. This step in food prep kills almost all dangerous microorganisms. Not sure how to tell if it’s totally done? Get in the habit of using a meat thermometer to assure that food is safe for consumption. Ever eat leftovers cold, like pizza? Try to avoid it. When reheating leftovers — even when the food has been cooked before ­— it’s crucial to fully heat it again before eating.

4. Keep Food at Safe Temperatures
Did you know that cooked food should never be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours? All cooked food should be refrigerated as soon as possible. And remember that just because it’s refrigerated, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Dispose of leftovers within a couple of days.

5. Use Safe Water and Raw Materials
When selecting ingredients, choose wholesome foods and buy in small amounts so they don’t get old before you use them. Selecting foods that are specifically made for safety (like pasteurized milk) help ensure your safety, too. Also, always remember to wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them — no matter how shiny and clean they look —especially if they’re raw.

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