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Summer Food Safety

Summer Food Safety

Preventing Foodborne Illness this Summer

The summer months mean plenty of parties, barbecues, and social gatherings—and an increased risk for food poisoning. Fortunately, there are p[lenty of things you can do to keep your food fresh and your body healthy. Here’s what you should know.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination happens when illness-causing bacteria are moved from one surface to another. When it comes to cooking, this can happen when certain raw foods are mishandled.

These foods include:

  • Red meats
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Eggs

To help prevent cross-contamination, follow these tips:

  • Keep raw meat, seafood, poultry, and eggs away from other foods
  • Avoid putting other foods on the same plate as raw meat
  • Clean utensils and surfaces after coming in contact with raw meat
  • Wipe down and disinfect counters and cutting boards after cutting raw meat

Refrigerate Your Leftovers

Although many people tend to leave their food out buffet-style during parties and social events, this is actually the optimal breeding ground for harmful germs and bacteria. When food is left out at 40°F to 140°F, bacteria are able to thrive. To avoid this, be sure to refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of them being cooked.

Wash Your Hands Often

Washing your hands frequently when you’re in the kitchen is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illness-causing bacteria. Be sure to wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap before and after cooking. It is also essential that you wash your hands immediately after touching raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood.

Primary and Specialty Care in Henry County

At Henry County Hospital, we have been providing compassionate healthcare since 1919. When it comes to primary and specialty care, each patient can expect individualized care that meets their needs. From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness.