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Teaching Kids About Food Safety

Updated on March 26, 2020
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My name is Chin chin. I have a BS degree in food technology. I like to share important information about health and food-related topics.

We need to teach our kids about food safety. According to the World Health Organization, every year 1 in 10 people all over the world become ill due to intake of contaminated food and 420,000 of them die. Of all those who died of foodborne illnesses, 125,000 of them were children under 5 years old. Moreover, infants and children suffer from malnutrition as a result of foodborne illnesses.

Foodborne illnesses are defined as diseases, usually either infectious or toxic in nature, caused by agents that enter the body through the ingestion of food. Every person is at risk of foodborne illness especially young children. What can we do as parents to prevent our children from contacting these foodborne diseases?

What should we teach our kids about food safety?

First, we should teach our kids why it is important to practice food safety. Here we can introduce to them the concept of germs.

Why do our stomachs hurt sometimes? Aside from feeling hunger, we can tell them that one of the reasons why our stomachs hurt is when we eat something that is contaminated by germs. Germs are very tiny living creatures invisible to the naked eye that can attack our bodies and cause disease. They can sneak into our bodies through the food we eat. When they get to our stomach, we won't really know it until we feel sick and have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Germs make us sick.
Germs make us sick.

Second, we should teach them what they should do to keep germs away? Here are some of the things that we should "constantly" teach them. "Constantly" because kids are very playful and oftentimes they will not be mindful of these things.

1. Observe Proper Hand Washing

Washing the hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Germs are all around and literally in every thing we touch. What have they touched? Toys, telephone, toilet, their nose when they sneezed, etc. It is very easy to pass onto the food to the mouth the germs that are present in the hands.

When should they wash their hands? They should wash their hands before eating or touching food, after using the toilet, after blowing their nose or coughing, after playing with their toys or touching their pets. Long nails are also breeding grounds for germs. So it is very important to trim the nails and keep them clean.

Photo Credit:  Gilbert Galbraith
Photo Credit: Gilbert Galbraith

How to Wash Hands - Fun Song

2. Observe ways to keep germs away from the food we eat.


  • Make sure to wash thoroughly raw foods like fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Keep the kitchen and dining area clean so as not to encourage germ-carriers like flies and cockroaches to proliferate.
  • When eating outdoors, and there are flies around, keep them away. Cover the food to avoid contact and spread of germs on the food.

Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
Wash fruits and vegetables before eating. | Source
Keep flies away from your food to prevent germs from contaminating it.
Keep flies away from your food to prevent germs from contaminating it. | Source

3. Check the safety of their food

How would they do that? We should always remind them of these things before buying or consuming their food.

  • If they buy food from outside the home, follow the use by date or expiry date. Buying from a clean food establishment is also a must, though sometimes you can never be absolutely sure.
  • If they get leftover food from the home refrigerator, ask the help of grown-ups to assess if it is still safe to eat or not. Ask their help as well in properly preparing it before eating i.e. by reheating in the microwave.
  • If you're in doubt about the safety of the food, throw it out. Better be careful than sorry.

A Final Note to Parents

Keeping our kids' food safe is our great responsibility. Let us help them and teach them ways to avoid food-borne illnesses. As parents, we also have the task of preparing meals and packed lunches for our kids. Be sure to observe food safety measures when packing lunches.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Chin chin


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