To handle foods the wrong is even more dangerous than expired edibles .While these actions are important, there are several more common food safety mistakes that can result in major consequences. Sometimes it isn’t because we aren’t aware,but nature or our origin taught us so.
Tasting food to see if it’s still good or you can see looks bad.
Never taste your food to check if it has spoiled. You can’t taste, or even smell all bacteria that causes food poisoning, and tasting just a tiny bit of contaminated food can cause serious illness. Throw away all expired food before harmful bacteria grows. Consider composting expired plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, bread and vegetarian leftovers.
Putting cooked or ready-to-eat foods back in a saucepan that held raw meat.
Never let raw meat, poultry or seafood touch cooked meat or any ready-to-eat foods, as this can cause cross-contamination. Foodborne diseases that grow from raw meat can easily spread to ready-to-eat foods and cause food poisoning. Always use separate saucepan s and plates.
Cutting boards and utensils to keep raw meats, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat food. If you have no other saucepan than that particular, rinse it wash with hot water to kill all bacterias.
Washing meat or poultry
Never wash raw meat or poultry because the water can easily spread bacteria to your sink, countertops and other kitchen surfaces. Only wash raw fruits and vegetables.
Letting food cool before putting it in the fridge
You shouldn’t leave food out of the refrigerator for more than two hours or one hour on the outside. Illness-causing bacteria can grow rapidly when perishable foods are left outside .Always refrigerate foods in a timely matter. You can pack perishable foods in a well-insulated cooler with ice or cold packs.
Don’t Eat raw or uncooked eggs and flour
Never eat any raw eggs because they may contain very harmful bacteria. You should rather, cook eggs thoroughly and avoid foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs. Flour ,for instance contain E. coli and cause people to get sick.
Undercooking meat, poultry, seafood or eggs
Cooked food is safe only after it’s been heated to a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria. In order to avoid eating undercooked foods, you must use a food thermometer — the only way to determine if cooked foods are safe to eat. Do not rely on sight, smell or taste to tell whether your food is done.
Not washing your hands
Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places — including on your hands. Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm, running water before and after handling food.
Not replacing sponges and dish rags
Ironically, sponges and dishrags are some of the dirtiest tools in your kitchen. Sponges and dishrags can hold harmful chemicals and cause a serious health risk. Always sanitize your sponges at least every other day and replace them every week or two for best protection against germs.