chicken iconHow safe is your food?

Posted on June 10, 2015

Keeping your food safe from contamination can prevent unnecessary illnesses due to food poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six Americans could be infected this year alone. Most of the effects of a food-related illness are short-term. However, eating contaminated food can cause serious health complications or even death.

What you can do to improve your food safety

  • Wash food and surfaces—wash surfaces and utensils with hot water and soap after every use. Wash fruits and produce with water only and dry with a paper towel.
  • Keep foods separate—keep fruit, produce, meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate in shopping bags and the refrigerator.
  • Cook or reheat properly—use a food thermometer to make sure your food is cooked to a safe temperature.
  • Refrigerate or freeze quickly—place perishable items in the refrigerator or freezer immediately when you return home from the market.
  • Wash your hands—be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before handling food.

Join us at the Fallon Info Center on June 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. for a free workshop on food safety! At "The Smart Kitchen," you’ll get food safety guidelines that help prevent avoidable illness, in addition to time-saving shopping and cooking tips.

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.