How to Prevent Food Poisoning

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Stay safe this summer by avoiding common food poisoning errors.

Every year, 48 million Americans get sick after eating contaminated food. Although symptoms are fairly mild (nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps) and will pass within a few days, there are some cases where food poisoning can be life-threatening. The most common offended are the norovirus and salmonella, typically found in raw chicken, meat, and eggs. If you’re about to host a fun summer party with snacks, here are a few safety tips on how to prevent food poisoning.

Wash your hands often

Experts say that you should wash your hands in between each step of the cooking process. Aim to wash your hands before and after handling raw meat, as well as before and after peeling vegetables. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly, too, with warm water and soap.

Clean all surfaces

Wash prep and cooking surfaces after preparing food. It’s easy to spritz and wipe down the sink and countertop with an antibacterial solution, and doing so can make all the difference.

Keep it separate

Be sure to keep meat, fish, and eggs away from fresh or ready-to-eat foods. Place meat in a bag at the bottom of the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Cook to the right temperature

Eating anything raw can increase the chances of a food-borne illness. To reduce the risk, cook all animal products completely, ensuring that the internal temperature reaches the correct heat.

Eliminate the risk

Instead of opting for animal-based foods that can potentially be harmful, opt for bean burgers, mock meats, and plant-based proteins that do not carry a food poisoning risk. You may be surprised at this new adventure!

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