12 Days Holiday Safety: Christmas Dinner Food Safety
The holidays are a time to share gifts, good tidings and joy with our loved ones, and it’s most certainly not the time to be sharing bacteria-ridden food products, which is why practicing food safety during the busy holiday season is vitally important, for your health, and the health of your loved ones.
Although most people who get sick from bacteria in foods that aren’t cooked properly will get better by themselves, foodborne illness isn’t a very delightful way to spend the holidays. In rare cases, anyone of any age can die from these dangerous bacteria. People with weak immune systems like children, elderly, and people who are on medicines that suppress the immune system are especially vulnerable.
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 76 millions Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses every year, despite our county having one of the safest food supply.
Follow these easy holiday food safety steps to keep you and your loved ones poison-free and ensure your holiday are foodborne-illnesses-free.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing any food as well as after cleaning up. Also wash-up before eating or drinking.
Keep ’em separate
While doing your grocery shopping, keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood away from other foods in your shopping cart. Separate cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables.
Prepare recipes that don’t require cooking first before recipes requiring raw meat to reduce cross-contamination. Store them out of the way while preparing meat dishes to ensure they don’t become contaminated after preparation. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature to ensure they are fully cooked and safe to eat.
Once the food is fully cooked, keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Refrigerate any perishable food within 2 hours of it being in room temperature.
Don’t lick the spoon
Do not eat any batter. The main ingredients in the batter are eggs and flour which may contain harmful germs such as E.coli and Salmonella. Do not let children taste the batter either.
An eggcellent way to ensure food safety
Eggs are a staple ingredient for many fun holiday treats such as eggnog, cookies, and cakes. The majority of eggs that are sold in their shells may contain Salmonella bacteria because they are not pasteurized. Once you have cracked the eggs, you will be using, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and anything else the raw egg may have come in contact with. A safe alternative is using egg products that are sold in cartons because they are generally pasteurized. The likeliness of bacteria on shells contaminating foods as well as the food preparation area.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Here at the Carlson Law firm, we urge you to take precautions in the food that you consume. If you become ill due to food contamination, you may have a claim. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our 40 attorneys who can help you to navigate your situation and provide the legal guidance you require. We care. We can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler