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How to Handle Raw Food Safely at Home - How to Prevent Salmonella Food Poisoning and Keep your Family Safe

Updated on March 6, 2014

Food Handling Safety Tip

Some make the mistake of using the same utensil and butcher block only after  a quick rinse.
Some make the mistake of using the same utensil and butcher block only after a quick rinse.

How To Prevent Food Poisoning (Salmonella)

Your sitting at the holiday table. You notice your family and friends have become quiet, they look as if they have seen a ghost. The next thing you know is they begin to moan and complain of stomach pains. Some even have to go to the bathroom now.

This may have happened to you out at a restaurant or after eating some take out but hopefully never at your own dining table. Below I will show you how to prevent this from happening to you.Studies show that 1 out of every 6 in the US are affected by contaminated food; that's about 48 million in the US per year.

What Is Salmonella (Food Poisoning)

Salmonella is a rod shaped bacilli that can cause serious diarrhea and can stay on dry surfaces for up to 2 weeks and in water for months.. It can only be seen with a microscope but this bacteria can ruin a beautiful dinner by causing some terrible side affects in babies, teens, grannies and any other visitor you might have.

Signs Of Food Poisoning

  • diarrhea
  • cramps
  • vomiting
  • nausea

The illness is called Salmonellae (one affected by salmonella bacteria) better known as food poisoning. This tricky bacteria is best avoided at all cost or your holiday cheer will certainly disappear. There are a few things you can do to right away before risking yours and others health when cooking this holiday.

  • Wash your hands before touching or after touching raw meats, fruits and vegetables.
  • Wash hands often between cutting and handling different foods and performing different tasks.
  • Makes sure guest cooks know the cooking rules by placing them on the fridge and sink as a friendly reminder. All it takes is one kind act of touching the wrong cooking utensil to the wrong dish!

Food Handling Safety Tips

Now that you have a better idea how to protect yourself make sure you have the proper cleaning supplies on hand to assist you on keeping your kitchen safe and free of contamination as well as proper habits.

  • bleach
  • vinegar
  • peroxide
  • plastic gloves
  • apron
  • sponges
  • wash hands
  • wash food

You have the tools and now here are the rules. Sometimes we think we are being safe and don't know how we went wrong. This list below will keep you from minor slip-ups you may not think about or have not thought of before.

FYI: Have you ever wondered why the person in your grocery store serving you free food wears gloves? Well it to protect them not you. It's to protect themselves and to give you a false sense of protection.They touch everything with those gloves then hand you that tasty snack. Well now you know where that stomach ache came from.

10 Safe Food Handling Guidelines

  1. Always effectively clean kitchen surfaces before and after food preparation.
  2. Avoid cross contamination before it starts on fruits, vegetables, meats and kitchen surfaces.
  3. Use several cooking dishes and utensils to avoid contaminating foods.
  4. Avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and other dairy products.
  5. Keep raw meat, sea food and produce separate from ready to eat foods.
  6. Bleach can be diluted with water and used to spray and clean kitchen surfaces and cutting boards. For those that use bleach I have to inform you that it is not environmentally safe and is hazardous to your health. It creates scar tissue in your lungs and I can't imagine what else. It is best to try other safe alternatives.
  7. Vinegar and peroxide can be used for those that need a safe and clean environment for delicate lungs and babies. (click on natural product links for proper instructions above)
  8. Gloves will protect you from contamination but they must be changed before touching clean surfaces after cleaning.
  9. You must be careful not to wipe your hands on your apron causing contamination. Your apron is meant to protect your clothing.
  10. Sponges are very useful but can cause germs to run rapid if not cleaned properly. Wash and rinse your sponge after usage. Place into microwave for 2 minutes than cool and dry. You will be germ free once you zap those hidden bacteria's.

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