Tip #8: Follow Food Safety Guidelines
Food poisoning is a real issue in American households and restaurants. It is estimated that 48 million food-borne illnesses are reported each year. That is pretty staggering when you think that the entire population of the United States is 318 million – 15% of the population is affected each and every year! Infants, children, the elderly and those that are already sick are the most vulnerable. For National Nutrition Month, we would be remiss if we did not discuss the basics in food safety.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with ConAgra Foods has put together an excellent website on food safety. They have put food safety basics in 4 categories: WASH, SEPARATE, COOK & REFRIGERATE.
This includes cleaning your hands, your food items and all food preparation surfaces.
Be sure to keep all raw meat, poultry and fish separate from other food until it is ready to cook.
Make sure all foods are cooked to a proper temperatures . Also make sure any leftovers are reheated to at least 165 degrees.
Refrigerate leftovers immediately in shallow containers to below 45 degrees. Do not keep leftovers beyond the suggestion times.
When cooking with your kids and teenagers, be sure to teach them food safety. Learn more details of each of these areas of WASH, SEPARATE, COOK & REFERIGERATE on the Home Food Safety website.
March is National Nutrition Month! We have committed to do 14 blog posts that tackle an important topic in food and nutrition. To see all the posts we have done including some from previous years, click on “National Nutrition Month” under blog category.