Food Safety and You!

Food Safety and You!

Well, it’s that time of year….time to cook our favorite foods and enjoy being with friends and family.  Here are a few quick tips to keep your holiday celebration safe and yummy! Enjoy!

Separate

When handling food always separate your meats/poultry from your fruits and vegetables.

Preparation

One thing is a must always wash your hands!!!! Another important thing is to clean your surfaces and utensils with warm soapy water.

Cooking

The best way to know that your food is safe is if they are cooked to the right internal temperatures.  A digital thermometer is a great tool to help check!!!

• 71°C (160°F) for ground meat (beef, veal, lamb and pork)

• 74°C (165°F) for leftover food, and boned and deboned poultry parts

• 85°C (185°F) for whole poultry

Food to Avoid

As we age some food become more risky to eat because of the way they are produced and how long they can be stored.  Here is a list of a few that should be handled with caution however risk can be minimized when foods are properly cooked.

• Hot dogs straight from the package that have not been cooked.

• Non-dried deli meats.

• Raw or lightly cooked egg or egg products.

• Raw or undercooked meat or poultry.

• Raw seafood.

• Unpasteurized fruit juice and cider.

  • Raw and unpasteurized dairy products.

Illnesses that are Higher Risk for Older Adults

• Listeria is an infection caused by bacteria found in refrigerated or ready to eat foods.

• E. coli is an infection caused by bacteria found in raw or undercooked ground meats, unpasteurized fruit juice/ dairy products, and sprouts.

• Vibrio is an infection caused by bacteria found in raw or undercooked shellfish.

• Salmonella is an infection caused by bacteria found in lots of food but mainly raw or undercooked chicken, raw eggs, and raw milk.

Just for You…..

Below is some information that gives a detail overview about food safety and how to cook food properly.  Remember food is great but in order for us to reap its benefits we must handle with care.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/alt_formats/pdf/securit/kitchen-cuisine/older-adults-personnes-agees-eng.pdf

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Basics_for_Safe_Food_Handling.pdf

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Food_Safety_for_Older_Adults.pdf

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