- Posted April 4, 2014 by
Prevent Cross Contimation In The Kitchen
Each Year 1 In 6 Americans Get Sick Due To Cross Contamination From Their Own Homes. Use these 5 simple tips to prevent this from happening to your family. The best way to prevent cross contamination in the home is to start in your kitchen. Making sure you are keeping all your cooking surfaces clean as well as not crossing one food with another. The CDC says one of the best ways to prevent cross contamination is “Don’t cross-contaminate one food with another.”
Ways to keep your family safe from cross contamination are:
1) When preparing your meals you should never share a cutting board with meats and vegetables. Having an individual cutting board for each: beef, seafood, chicken, vegetables and fruits are beneficial as well as a great way to lower the chances of a family member getting a foodborne illness.
2) Cook all beef, eggs, pork, and poultry thoroughly. The internal temperatures of beef, pork, and poultry should be 160* F. At 160 degrees and higher the rapid destruction of foodborne bacteria occurs. Using a digital meat thermometer checking the internal temperature of meats for safety can be done quickly and easily. Eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm.
3) Hands should be washed after handling beef, seafood, poultry, or pork. Do not place cooked beef, seafood, poultry, or pork back on the same plate that it sat on when it was raw without thoroughly washing the platter.
4) Put left overs away in the refrigerator within 4 hours of eating. Do not allow foods to sit on the counter or the stove for more than 4 hours. The warmth of foods sitting out is a breeding ground for bacteria and foodborne illness. For large volumes of food, put in more than one container to cool faster.
5) Wash all produce with water to remove any visible dirt or grime, even if you plan on peeling them. Any produce with leaves should have the outer layers removed and thrown away. Produce that is not washed and cut into can spread bacteria internally into the produce. Be sure to use a clean knife and cutting board that has not been used for beef, poultry, seafood, or pork unless it has been thoroughly cleaned.
With over 250 foodborne pathogens it may seem nearly impossible to figure out the best way to stop cross contamination in your home. The best place to start is in the kitchen. Prevent the spread of contaminates in your kitchen by preparing your foods on a color coordinated flexible cutting boards and making sure all your meats are cooked to the appropriate temperatures with a digital thermometer
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