Here are a few selected myths that I would like to share with you as well as the facts I have come to believe. You be the judge and feel free to do your own investigating.
Myth #1 – You were poisoned by the last thing you ate.
Truth #1 – The truth of the matter is you may never know what it is that was the cause of your food poisoning. In some cases it happens immediately and in others it can take a few days, weeks and in some cases as long as months before it shows up.
Myth #2 – You can’t get food poisoning if the food is prepared in a clean kitchen.
Truth #2 – Even in the cleanest kitchens food poisoning is possible. We tend to think that it is the cleanliness of our counter tops, our hands, the utensils that we use to prepare out foods and the containers we cook them in. What we don’t consider is that the food you are preparing came in a package and was handled by others in their “kitchen” and who knows how clean it was?
Myth #3 – Mayonnaise definitely can cause food poisoning if not kept cold.
Truth #3 – This may have been true back in the day when mayonnaise was made from scratch or for that matter, it is true today “if” it is made from scratch. Most mayonnaise used today is commercially made where pasteurized eggs are used thus eliminating the risk of salmonella. More than anything it is one or more of the ingredients in that food you made using the mayonnaise, tuna, chicken or potatoes to name a few.
Myth #4 – As long as my utensils and cutting boards are clean I can use the same ones to prepare my meals.
Truth #4 – Bacteria is the cross-contaminate that we need to be concerned about and if you meal includes raw meat there is bacteria. You should always keep the cutting boards, knives and anything else that touches these foods separate to avoid food poisoning. Don’t take that steak off the platter onto the barbeque and when done put it back on the same platter. This contains the raw blood and bacteria prior to cooking, put it on a clean plate.
Myth #5 – Produce purchased at the grocery store that has been misted is adequately washed.
Truth #5 – The only thing that misting does it make the produce look picture perfect, beautifully fresh. Where bananas and other tough skinned produce that you will be peeling don’t necessarily need to be washed but as a general rule, wash it all to be on the safe side. If there is bacteria on that banana and you cut it with a knife the inside in now contaminated.