…..all foods can easily multiply and reach unsafe levels when the temperature rises. Preparing and storing large amounts of food at home for the holidays, and eating or cooking outdoors, can present their own challenges as well.
“So you have everyone from grandparents to pregnant women, young children and everyone in between for a big meal. And it’s hot. Suddenly everyone is in the kitchen, the fridge is being opened all the time, there is not enough room in the fridge, so you risk leaving things out.
Combine all those factors and you have a setting ripe for food poisoning. Especially when you consider you have the most vulnerable groups, the elderly and very young, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems joining you for a meal.”
Here are some tips:
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Always keep hands and work areas clean and free of contaminants.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
- Cook food thoroughly and store and put leftovers away immediately into the fridge, don’t leave them on the table or bench to cool first.
- Dispose of any high-risk food left in the temperature danger zone (between 5 °C and 60 °C) for more than four hours.
- Don’t keep leftovers for more than a few days in the fridge.
- You can freeze leftovers for up to a month.
- Store cooked leftovers at the top of the fridge, above raw and uncooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.
If in doubt, throw it out!
Tomorrow we will continue with our countdown to Christmas Day and safety tips….
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