5 Things You Should Know about Food Safety

By Foodism Team

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7th June is observed as World Food Safety Day. WHO initiated it as a measure to draw attention and mobilize action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks and improve human health. So what do we need to know when it comes to Food Safety in India? Let's find out!

The #1 Way to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Handwashing is considered the number one way to prevent foodborne illness. The CDC calls handwashing a “do-it-yourself” vaccine that you can do to reduce the spread of illness. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities (like going to the restroom) is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent the spread of germs to others.

But, As the Monsoon approaches, the chances of getting infected with food and water-borne diseases will also increase. here is what you can do to practice food safety at home-

  • Wash the vegetables and fruits thoroughly before cooking or direct consumption. While cooking meat, cook for a longer duration and at a high temperature to avoid bacterial infection.
     
  • Do not leave cooked food at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Also, refrigerate all leftover cooked food and perishable food items (preferably below 5 degrees Celsius)
     
  • Wash and sanitise all surfaces and equipment with disinfectant before preparing a portion of food. Also, clean your kitchen floors with hot water and disinfectant.
     
  • Wash all your kitchen gadgets with warm water. Clean them thoroughly before and after every use!

along with these tips, you should always keep in mind that the kitchen is cleaned regularly after every use. The utensils are washed with hot water and are not reused. Such tips will go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe!