A lot of people think if you simply cook food and wash your hands, the food prepared will be safe to eat, right? Wrong! Now that doesn’t mean start overanalyzing and develop a case of paranoia; just be cautious and follow safe food-handling guidelines. Here are a few fact and fiction tips with regard to food poison.
If you wash your hands, you are safe from getting food poisoning
Hand washing is important, “Proper hand washing requires warm, soapy water; a clean paper towel; and 20 seconds of scrubbing between fingers, under nails, and up to your wrist,” explains Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, MS, nutrition director for the National Center for Food Safety and Technology.”
Eggs are safe to eat raw
Food poisoning is caused by certain types of food that contain protein. You may see people drinking egg whites and raw or eating eggs sunny side up, however it’s not properly cooked and can result in food poisoning. Cook the eggs by flipping once so that the egg white is completely cooked and the egg yolk is starting to gel to ensure a safe egg,” says Egg Nutrition Center nutrition director Marcia Greenblum. Bacteria in food causes food poisoning at temperatures between 40-140 degrees F according to WebMD
If food is cooked then it is safe to eat
Foods with mayonnaise should be kept at a cool temperature below 40 degrees F especially of your at a picnic and prepared food like potatoes salad. Use a thermometer in your cooler to make sure it’s being mantained at the proper temperature. Any food left out at anything above 40 degrees F is not safe to eat after one to two hours.
Using a cutting board is always safe
Using a cutting board can be safe but only if its washed with soap and hot water after cutting meat. Cross Contamination can occur if cutting several meats on the same cutting board without cleaning it.
Dry your hands using a dish towel
It is ok to use a dishtowel if you’re not cross contaminating it. If you are using the dishtowel to wipe off dirty hands, then it’s no longer safe to use while preparing food. This also goes for dish rags and sponges. Make sure they are clean and disinfected reports WebMD.
Food is only bad when it look or smells spoiled.
According to foodsaftey.gov, “Actually, the possibility of bacterial growth actually increases after cooking, because the drop in temperature allows bacteria to thrive.” Safety experts say when in doubt throw it out!When you know you have left food out for a long period of time, especially proteins, don’t just go by sight and smell. Go with your intuition and common sense. We can’t see bacteria, so we have to be cautious..
You don’t have to wash produce from the grocery store
While the grocery store does provide the mist of water to keep the food fresh, It doesn’t wash produce for consumption. When you get home make sure to wash all produce that is not protected by an outer layer like bananas. Make sure you look at all the food after washing to double check.