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Registration date : 2008-05-15

PostSubject: Food Safety: Jus a Reminder   Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:37 pm

Food safety should not be left to manufacturers and restaurants.These are just a few of the simple things you can do right now to keep your familyís food safe. Check out the USDA Food Safety website for tons more information on food safety.

1. Wash your hands before you start cooking, after you handle raw meat (not just chicken), and after youíre done cooking. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Use warm water and a soap you like (it doesnít need to be antibacterial).
2. Get two plastic cutting boards: one for meats and one for other stuff. It helps if theyíre different colors (I like red for meats and green for other stuff). Wash the meat cutting board in your dishwasher. The flexible cutting boards are fantastic for transferring stuff from the cutting board to the pan/bowl.
3. Donít labor under the impression your fruits and veggies are safe. Many cases of E. coli and Salmonella in the past few years have come from fruits and veggies. These bacteria are commonly found in the soil, so fruits and veggies are very susceptible to contamination. Wash all fruits and veggies carefully before preparing them and keep an eye on the FDA Recall website.
4. As soon as youíve served dinner, take a moment to pack up the leftovers. Donít let them sit on your counter. Get Ďem into your lunch sized containers and into your fridge as soon as you can.
5. Attending a potluck or buffet? Make sure the hot food stays hot (over 140 degrees F) and the cold food stays cold (below 40 degrees F). Keep your fridge below 40 degrees F too. Bacteria love that middle ground and will thrive on your auntís deviled eggs.
6. Iím on the fence about cooking meat. If itís ground, you should definitely cook it thoroughly. Chicken should be cooked until the juices run clear. I think red meat (steaks and such) can be a little rare on the inside if thatís your preference. Most kids I know prefer their meat well done though. Fish should be opaque when itís finished cooking.

Donít forget to check out the USDA Food Safety website. Thereís a wealth of great information there.

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