Food Poisoning - Prevention






Food poisoning is almost entirely preventable. Good sanitation and food handling techniques are the key to avoiding the disease. The instructions to keep in mind are as follows:

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Cook meat to the recommended internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to be sure. Cook eggs until they are no longer runny.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Do not let food stand at room temperature.
  • Avoid contaminating surfaces and foods with the juices of uncooked meats.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before using.
  • Purchase pasteurized dairy products and fruit juices. Pasteurized foods are heated to a temperature hot enough to kill the bacteria that cause food poisoning.
  • Throw away bulging or leaking cans or any food that smells spoiled.
  • Wash hands well before and during food preparation and after using the bathroom.
  • Sanitize food preparation surfaces regularly.

Proper handling of food can help prevent food poisoning. This fast-food worker uses tongs to turn hamburger patties. (Reproduced by permission of AP/Wide World Photo)
Proper handling of food can help prevent food poisoning. This fast-food worker uses tongs to turn hamburger patties. (Reproduced by permission of
AP/Wide World Photo
)

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