Food Safety refers to handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of individuals becoming sick from foodborne illnesses. Food safety is a global concern that covers a variety of different areas of everyday life.
Food can become unsafe when it is contaminated with illness-causing bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals. Symptoms range from mild to severe, but commonly include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, weakness, fever and chills. In severe cases, foodborne illness can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Food can become contaminated at any stage of production, processing, distribution, storage or preparation. For example, germs can spread to food from unclean surfaces, utensils or equipment used whether during food production or at home in our own kitchen.
The term food safety describes all practices that are used to keep our food safe. Food safety relies on the joint efforts of everyone involved in our food supply. The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning. This is achieved through a variety of different avenues, some of which are:
- Properly cleaning and sanitising all surfaces, equipment and utensils
- Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene, especially hand-washing
- Storing, chilling and heating food correctly with regards to temperature, environment and equipment
- Implementing effective pest control
- Comprehending food allergies, food poisoning and food intolerance
Regardless of why you are handling food, whether as part of your job or cooking at home, it is essential to always apply the proper food safety principles.
Follow these four basic steps to food safety below.
• Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often.
• Separate: Separate raw meat and poultry from ready-to-eat food.
• Cook: Cook food to the right temperature.
• Chill: Chill raw meat and poultry, as well as cooked leftovers, promptly
(Within 2 hours)
Becoming A Safer Shopper
• Do not buy or use damaged, swollen, rusted, or dented cans.
• Choose unbruised fruits and vegetables.
• Do not buy or use cracked or unrefrigerated eggs.
• Pick up frozen and refrigerated items just before you check out at the
• Refrigerate groceries right away, and never leave perishable foods out for more than 2 hours.
• Put raw packaged meat, poultry, or seafood into a plastic bag before
Placing it in the shopping cart, so that its juices will not drip on and
Contaminate other foods.
People at risk include:
- Adults age 65 and older
- Children younger than 5 years
- People whose immune systems are weakened due to illness or medical treatment
Back To School
No matter your age, the end of summer is also a time of beginnings. This means a new school year and students all have one thing in common and that is packed lunches which should be placed in an insulated lunch box. Food is unsafe to be eaten if not properly stored longer than 2 hours. Insulated lunch boxes help maintain food at a safe temperature until lunchtime.
Help keep families safe food safety is important to our everyday lifestyle
Your health…Is your responsibility!