What Are The 5 Keys To Safer Food?

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Diseases that people contract from eating contaminated food are a major cause of disease, disability, and death worldwide, as revealed by the first estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) of the global burden of disease-borne diseases.

It is a reality that every year the number of people who get sick when consuming contaminated food increases, a problem that increases even more in seasons such as school and work holidays, when people travel to other destinations and do not take precautions with their meals, or in the end of the year parties, when a lot of food is prepared, and it is not handled or preserved properly, or ingredients are bought in places with poor hygiene conditions, among many other cases.

From the area, it was indicated that we could all save a life if we know and make known the “5 keys to safety” to achieve a safe diet.

Likewise, and taking into account the current pandemic context, they highlighted the importance of incorporating small habits such as frequent hand washing behaviors and keeping our environments clean and ventilated, key acts for health care.

For this reason, we recommend incorporating the “5 keys to safety” as a habit when preparing and preparing meals to reduce the probability of getting sick from what we eat.

  • Keep clean: Keep your hands, utensils, and work surfaces always clean.
  • Always separate raw food from cooked: Separate both on the counter and in the refrigerator, and do not use the same knives and boards to handle raw meats and other foods.
  • Keep food at a safe temperature: Do not leave cooked food at room temperature for more than two hours. Quickly cool cooked foods and perishable foods in the refrigerator below 41 ° F and keep hot foods above 140 ° F Do not defrost and refreeze.
  • Cook the food completely, reaching 165°F inside: Meat, chicken, fish, and eggs are eaten fully cooked. Sauces, stews, and soups should be boiled to ensure doneness. Completely reheat cooked food that is eaten hot.
  • Use clean water: To cook and clean, use clean water; wash fruits and vegetables well before using them. By following these recommendations, you can avoid food-borne illnesses, whose symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, chills, fever, and headache. It is important to prevent these conditions, as in some cases, they can be fatal.

Some symptoms can appear between 30 minutes and two weeks after having been in contact with the responsible agent but generally appear between the first 4 and 48 hours. So if you or someone in your family has symptoms, see your doctor.

A food-borne illness as I discuss here does not have to come from your home. Regularly, there are food recalls and in many cases from very reputable stores that you have probably shopped in for many years.

According to the FDA (1 https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/e-coli-and-foodborne-illness) the Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a very harmless bacteria that lives in our intestines. However, when you eat or drink food that is contaminated with certain types of E. coli can cause sickness that even can be life-threatening.

Fresh and raw food are especially susceptible to E. coli so that means that we have to be extra careful and take all precautions when we handle them before cooking.

Food Safety – My opinion

Although all the food delivery services I reviewed here on the Couch Potato Delivery are all having high standards e still have to be careful with any food we buy in stores or online.

Handling all our food and utensils we use while preparing food needs to be kept clean and safe for use at all times.

Peter Jameson.

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