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How can you avoid getting food poisoning?

Did you know that one out of every six Americans will become ill from food poisoning this year? Food poisoning sends 128,000 Americans to the hospital every year, and it can also lead to long-term health issues. Following these four simple steps can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home: clean, separate, cook and, chill.

Hands, utensils, and surfaces should all be washed on a regular basis.

Germs that can make you sick can live on your food, hands, utensils, cutting boards, and countertops, among other places in the kitchen.

The proper way to wash your hands is as follows:

  1. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails for at least 20 seconds with plain soap and water (no antibacterial soap). Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  2. Hands should be rinsed and dried with a clean towel.
  3. Wash your hands frequently, especially at these times when germs are most likely to spread:

Food preparation: before, during, and after

  1. After handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or their juices, as well as uncooked eggs, wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Before you eat,
  3. After using the restroom,
  4. After changing a child's diapers or cleaning up a messed-up child,
  5. After coming into contact with an animal, animal feed, or animal waste, wash your hands thoroughly.
  6. After coming into contact with garbage
  7. Before and after caring for a sick person
  8. Before and after a cut or wound is treated
  9. When you've blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed,
  10. After handling pet food or treats, wash your hands thoroughly.

After each use, clean surfaces and utensils:

  1. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water, especially after they’ve held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
  2. Dishcloths should be washed on a regular basis in the hot cycle of your washer.

Fruits and vegetables should be washed, but not meat, poultry, or eggs:

  1. Without soap, bleach, or commercial produce washes, rinse fruits and vegetables under running water.
  2. Before peeling, removing the skin, or cutting away any damaged or bruised areas, thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables.
  3. With a clean produce brush, the scrub firm produces melons or cucumbers.
  4. Using a paper towel or a clean cloth towel, dry the produce.

To avoid spreading harmful germs around your kitchen, don't wash meat, poultry, eggs, or seafood.

"Pre-washed" produce does not require additional washing.


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