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Food Safety Tips To Consider During The Holiday Season

January 13, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Food Safety Tips To Consider During The Holiday Season

Perhaps one of the most inviting aspects of the holiday season is all the incredible food that is made widely available. However, there are some simple and important safety tips that everyone should consider when it comes to preparing food, eating food and enjoying food over the holidays. For example, food that requires refrigeration should not be left out for a period of more than two hours at room temperature. This is a sure way to invite foodborne illness related problems.

Preventing Illness During The Holidays

In addition, meat should always be thawed in the refrigerator as opposed to being left someplace outside of the refrigerator such as on a countertop. This combined with always making certain that cooked foods and raw foods are kept separate is essential to preventing illness during the holidays. Along with keeping these foods separate it is equally important to use different utensils when preparing these two types of foods. Another concern during the holidays or any other time for that matter is to avoid placing a spoon that was used to taste food back into the food without first washing the utensil.

Hot Foods Are Kept Away From The Edges Of Tables

Another key aspect of food safety during the holidays is to wash hands frequently. Children learn from parents and will learn to do the same. This is one of the easiest ways to increase hygiene and safety during the holiday season. Because a large amount of cooking typically occurs during the holidays it is vital to make certain that hot liquids and hot foods are kept away from the edges of tables and countertops. It is easy for children to become injured by pulling hot items onto their body inadvertently.

Thoroughly Washing All Types Of Raw Vegetables Or Fruits

Finally, children should be kept away from microwave ovens and hot food that has recently come out of a microwave. In addition, because bacteria are often present on many different types of raw foods and even vegetables, it is essential to prepare these foods and store these foods properly. This can be as easy as fully cooking poultry, meat and fish as well as thoroughly washing all types of raw vegetables or fruits prior to consuming. Contact Hastings and Hastings today for a focused and dedicated personal injury attorney in Phoenix Arizona.