Monday, August 23, 2010

Advice for food safety

Food intoxication is caused by, micro-organism in the food that we eat. The CDC estimate that in the US, there is 76 millions cases annually, and of those cases, 325000 were hospitalized and  5200 death occured. There is easy way to avoid contamination from the food, and here is some tip on how to handle the food.
  • Never eat a can that is swollen, have a funny smell, is moldy or have an off color look.
  • Refrigerate food as fast as possible, since bacteria, grows very quickly. Leave a small opening for the steam to escape. When it is cold, you can close the lid.
  • Don't place cooked food, on the surface where there is fresh food.
  • Wash your can opener after each us.
  • Throw away, nuts, seeds or grain that have mold on it. They may contain a carcinogen called aflatoxin
  • When making poultry salad, wait until the meat is fully cooled, before adding the mayonnaise or salad dressing.
  • Wash your hand after handling raw meat, especially chicken.
  • Cook ground beef well done and ask for a well done hamburger in a restaurant.
  • Storing peanut butter in the fridge, will keep the fat from becoming rancid.
  • Leftovers that have remained in the fridge more than 36 hours should be recooked.
  • If you  have any doubt, don't eat it.

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