Why Care About Food Safety?

Simply put, we are talking about your health here. No one wants to spend any amount of time making best friends with their toilet, regardless of the reason. And interestingly enough, research indicates the majority of foodborne illnesses are caused by food prepared in the home, not fast food1.

Food safety isn’t as difficult or daunting as it sounds. Creating great food safety habits requires minimal effort but has a huge impact. Soon enough, the practices will become second nature. There are all sorts of nasties that can show up in our food, simply due to the nature of the product. Salmonella, for example, can be found on raw chicken the vast majority of the time, but is easily eliminated by proper cooking. I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid 4-7 days of diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever2 when I can.

Food safety at home is easy, I promise. I want to pass on my personal and professional knowledge and experience. Knowing the basics of cleaning, separation, cooking, and chilling is a great defence against foodborne illness. Here are some fantastic resources regarding safe food prep at home!

Be Food Safe – Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education

FightBac! – Partnership for food Safety Education

Food Recall Warnings – High Risk – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts – U.S. Food and Drug Administration

And remember…
Clean – Separate – Cook – Chill

1. Redmond, E. C., & Griffith, C. J. (2003). Consumer food handling in the home: a review of food safety studies. Journal of Food Protection, 66(1), 130–161.
2. http://www.cdc.gov/features/SalmonellaChicken/index.html

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