Food becomes poison if you don't take care. Food safety is important to avoid food poisoning. The temperature at which bacteria may develop in foods is between 5 C and 65 C. Cooked foods should be stored below 5 C.
Children should be involved in food safety training. Observe following points for food safety in kitchen and at home.
- Freezing does not kill bacteria; it only controls their growth. Common bacteria grow rapidly at about 40 to 150 degree Fahrenheit. Keep the temperature of the fridge below 40 deg F (5 C).
- Your fridge should have a refrigerator thermometer to make sure it is always reads below 40 deg F.
- Keep the freezer temperature at about -10 deg C (about 0 deg F).
- Do not take foods out of fridge until you cook them.
- Keep your fridge and freezer clean.
- Keep cold food cold and hot food hot.
Your Dishwasher & Washing Dishes
- Clean well with hot water to kill bacteria.
- Dishwashing brushes can be put into the dishwasher.
- If washing dishes by hand, leave them to drain rather than using a tea towel. If you use a tea towel, change it often. Paper towels are a better option.
- Dishcloths are a prime spot for bacteria to grow & multiply. Wash them regularly with hot water or in the washing machine using hot cycle with antibacterial products.
Keep Kitchen Clean
- Keep your kitchen clean, bacteria free. Clean kitchen surfaces with hot soapy water with antibacterial sponges and soaps.
- The sponges themselves should be bacteria free. Microwave them for about a minute to keep them clean and dry.
- Keep benches, cutting boards, knives, pans or other utensils clean.