The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 6 Americans become sick with a food-borne illness each year. These illnesses are common for many reasons. Our everyday contact with food makes them a constant risk. Here are 4 simple and easy ways to avoid food poisoning:
How to Avoid Food Poisoning
While the human body quickly resolves most forms of food poisoning, some food-borne illnesses can be fatal. Caution and preparation are crucial if you want to avoid food poisoning.
Wash Your Hands
Many people do not realize how many germs their hands collect throughout the day. Germs add up quickly as we touch surfaces in our home, at work, in cars and public transportation, and bathrooms, as well as other people’s hands. To avoid catching something from these germs, wash your hands often. Use antibacterial soap and hot water, especially before preparing food and eating.
Watch Out for Cross-Contamination
Cross-contamination is an easy mistake to make. One common example of this is using the same knife you used to cut raw meat to cut vegetables. Make sure that you keep cutting boards, knives, and other kitchen items that touch raw meat far away from other foods. Sanitize them with soap and water before they touch other dishes.
Stay Out of the Temperature Danger Zone
Foods between 40°-140° Fahrenheit are in a culinary “danger zone.” Refrigerated foods must be stored below 40 degrees, and meats must be cooked to at least 140 degrees (most meats should be cooked to an even higher temperature.)
- Quickly store leftovers
- Properly refrigerate foods
- Check meat temperature before eating to ensure safety
Wash Produce Thoroughly
Avoid the trap of thinking your fruits and vegetables are safe to eat if you can’t see any dirt on them. Washing your produce thoroughly can remove invisible bacteria, as well as chemicals and pesticides. This simple step can help you avoid food poisoning from bacteria such as E. Coli and listeria.
Even if you do your best to keep your food safe and avoid food poisoning, others may make mistakes or be careless in the food preparation process. If you have contract food poisoning due to the negligence of an individual or business, you deserve help. Contact Hansen Injury Law for a free consultation.