8 food safety mistakes many people make

As stated by the World Health Organization1 in every 10 people get sick every year from eating contaminated food, with 420,000 deaths as a result.

Food safety is very important towards preventing good food-borne illnesses, however, there are a few dangerous . Here are a few mistakes that many of us are still making to avoid:

Not washing your hands correctly


Many people don't wash their hands enough, while preparing their food. Remember, to truly have ‘clean’ hands you need 20 seconds of rubbing with soap and water.

Washing poultry and meat


It is unnecessary to wash meat and poultry. In fact, the splashing water ultimately doing more harm than good by spreading dangerous bacteria to sinks,and other surfaces.

Not replacing dishrags and sponges


Dishrags and sponges are some of the dirtiest items in household kitchens according to EatRight. Sanitize your sponge and dishrags at least every other day, replacing completely after a week or two.

Tasting food to see if it’s still good


When it comes to a taste-test, don’t even try.The bacteria that causes food poisoning cannot be tasted,smelled or seen.And it only takes a small amount of contaminated food to make somebody sick.

 

Putting raw meat on the fridge’s top shelf


You must also keep food that is to be eaten raw separate from processed, home-cooked or raw meat.Just like material bags, bacteria caused by raw meat juice can quickly spread to other food items and surfaces.

Not being aware of the food danger zone


In temperature range between 40°F and 140°F bacteria can double in less than 20 minutes.The food ‘danger zone’ is described by the United States Department of Agriculture. To keep food out of the food danger zone, you should avoid letting food cool on the counter for more than 2 hours and if the temperature is above 90°F no more than one hour.You should also avoid melting food on the counter, using the fridge, microwave, or cold water instead.

Reusing shopping bags that have held raw meat


Reusable material shopping bags that are being splashed by raw meat juice can be “a breeding ground for bacteria” according to Consumer Reports. They suggest washing your bags regularly using hot water to avoid this potential food hazard.

 

Not checking your fridge’s temperature


If your fridge isn’t cold enough, it can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria.This is another thing that often goes forgotten during day-to-day life. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, your fridge should never go above 40°F, while your freezer should always be at 0°F or lower.

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