10 Takeaways from the CDC's Food Safety Twitter Chat

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FroBunni | 10 Takeaways from the CDC's Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining a twitter chat on food safety hosted by the CDC. Since I have Crohn's Disease, I am very particular about food safety. With a compromised immune system, I am more at risk for certain illnesses and when I do contract them, it is more difficult for my immune system to fight it off (i.e. if I get the flu, it can take me twice as long to get better than a healthy person).

I am pretty meticulous when it comes to keeping my kitchen clean and I always wash my hands before preparing food, but I learned a lot during the chat (especially regarding washing poultry), so I am sharing what I learned with you!
  1. Don't wash your poultry; the heat from the cooking process kills any bacteria present.
  2. Perishable and prepared foods should not stay out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
  3. Keep raw meats on the bottom shelves of your refrigerator so that any liquids don't drip on to food below.
  4. Keep raw meats separate from other foods in your grocery cart to prevent cross contamination.
  5. Avoid foods like soft cheese, unpasteurized milk, cookie dough, and raw eggs, which can carry food-borne illnesses.
  6. Use bleach when cleaning surfaces in the kitchen to effective kill bacteria.
  7. Use a clean towel when cleaning surfaces, sponges and wash clothes spread germs.
  8. Transport food in a cooler with ice to keep food below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  9. Have separate cutting boards for meat and produce to prevent cross contamination.
  10. Always wash hands before preparing and eating food.
Learned something new? Let me know in the comments. And have a happy and safe holiday!

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