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Food Safety Tips

Updated on February 6, 2015

Food safety tips - cooking temperatures

Although cooking will kill most germs. To make sure foods get hot enough, check the internal temperature by inserting a food thermometer in the thickest parts especially meats. Try and make sure that the temperatures are as follow:

Beef and pork to at least 160 ° F,

Lamb to 145 -160 °

Poultry to 180 °

Thigh and breast 170 °

Ground beef, pork, veal,160°

ground poultry to 165 °.

Food Safety Tips

It is said that we are what we eat. The human body is susceptible to many types of diseases and viruses. The mouth is said to be the easiest place where viruses and parasite can easily enter the body.

We are exposed to numerous food born diseases but with much precaution, education and vigilance we may reduce the danger of contracting any of them.

Some foods have high risk foods factors that lend themselves to contamination. Some are:

Such foods are eggs .milk, fish, baked products. poultry, shell fish , potato salads and other mayonnaise based salads.

There are some safety measures we must follow in order to ensure that we get clean and safe food to eat. We have to begin from the point where and how we do our shopping.

Food Safety Tips For Buying

1. Purchase foods from outlets that are clean and health certified by the health authorities of your country

  • 2. Avoid those that carry offensive smell.
  • 3. Do not purchase foods whose colour have changed
  • 4. Never purchase it if it shows molds and mildew.
  • 5. Items that should be firm must not be bought if soft.
  • 6. If a canned food tin bulges it should not be used.
  • 7. Expiration dates on packages signify possible contamination do not buy.
  • 8. When purchasing refrigerated food along with other things pick them up last
  • 9. As much as possible do not buy food items stored on the ground ,near open drains, or beside garbage bins .

You have taken so much precaution in purchasing you must take precaution ln

Food Safety tips for storage too.

  • 1. If your freezer needs cleaning remove some of the ice and store the frozen goods while you clean it.
  • 2. Store all other foodstuff away from insects and rodents; remember dry goods must be stored In a cool dry place to discourage molds. Items such as flour ,cornmeal,sugar , they can be stored in covered containers .There are some fancy canister sets in the stores.
  • 3. This is a busy and fast moving generation and so many families do a lot of per-preparation of dinners and refrigerate them. If this is your style, make sure they are all covered since this is the fastest way to cross contaminate food.
  • 4. Chemicals such as bleach, insect spray cleaning agent fuel like kerosene should never be store in the same place as food
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  • 5. Do not forget to store away groceries and harmful chemical s from children and pets.
  • Food safety tips in preparation

Bacteria especially the deadly strains of the salmonella bacteria are sometime found in foods because of unhygienic practices used during its preparation.

Remember to follow these simple tips

  • 1. Wash hands with soap before preparing meals especially after visiting the bath room
  • 2. Wash in salt water ,if you use any form of soap on any form of to wash vegetables, remember to rinse very well with clean running water.
  • 3. Keep hands away from body parts when handling food.
  • 4. If you have the flu it is best not to prepare food especially for large gatherings.
  • 5. High risk foods like milk ,yogurt, cheese mayonnaise should not be left outside for long periods-maximum two hours.
  • 6. Package meat and fish in amounts needed for one preparation so that foods are not thawed and returned to the freezer as this multiplies bacteria.
  • 7. It is best to thaw food in the refrigerator or finish thawing as part of the cooking process.
  • 8. Do not use the same cutting board to prepare raw fish and meats for chopping vegetables for raw salads.
  • 9. Have mesh to cover food so that flies do not contaminate food.
  • 10. When preparing meat make sure to cook pork very well to completely destroy the work associated with it which folds into a ball during the cooking process and open and become active in the stomach if not properly cooked never serve or eat pork rear.

Author:(Soy Criada) Juliet Christie Murray

Here are some food safety tips


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    • solarshingles profile image

      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      The topic of healthy food preparation is one of the most important facts in our life. We simply need to eat quality food regularly. (I was lucky to thoroughly studied the subject of Food and all stages of processing it at school. That was also accompanied by microbiology tests to follow the growth of microbes. Oh, how that was boring subject for me in that age, but it helps me a lot, now). So many times could be about life or death, if we are not following basic rules of safely food handling, preparation and consumption.