October 29, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Making sure you keep your food safe from bacteria is just as important as consuming a well-balanced diet. Bacteria lurking in your food has the potential to make you and your family very sick. Every year 1 in 6 Americans becomes ill due to dangerous foodborne bacteria. Luckily, the Partnership for Food Safety Education has a “Fight BAC!” campaign that teaches the public about proper food safety practices. If you follow these recommendations set forth by “Fight BAC,” you and your family will be able to safely enjoy all of your favorite foods without worry. Just remember to 1) Clean 2) Separate 3) Cook & 4) Chill
1) Clean–wash hands, kitchen surfaces, utensils, and certain foods thoroughly to keep bacteria from spreading where you eat.
2) Separate–always keep raw and cooked food separate from each other during the preparation process in order to prevent cross contamination.
3) Cook–make sure you warm foods up to their safe, internal temperature during the cooking process. Most bacteria cannot survive in high temperatures, so heat helps destroy bacteria commonly found in raw meat.
4) Chill–refrigerate any leftover foods right away to prevent harmful bacteria from developing and multiplying.
In order to find out more information about the “Fight BAC!” campaign, please be sure to visit http://www.fightbac.org