We can’t imagine a life without food and consumption of safe & nutritious food is of utmost importance for good health. Eating contaminated food can lead to various foodborne illnesses, which are usually infectious or toxic in nature and often invisible to the plain eye. Foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water. Food safety is ensuring that the food is safe through every stage – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption.
However, we can do our bit by following certain food safety practices at home before consuming it. Here are five things to do in the kitchen to help you stay healthy.
Wash your hands thoroughly and often
Many people just give their hands a quick rinse under the water before cooking. But one must wash hands thoroughly with soap after using the washroom or after touching anything before cooking and eating.
Cook raw food thoroughly & eat cooked food immediately
Thorough cooking is essential, so that every part of the food is heated up to 70°C. You should consume the cooked food immediately after it’s slightly cooled.
Keep all food preparation premises clean
You must keep the kitchen absolutely clean, especially the food storage areas, and don’t forget to keep your food in closed and airtight containers.
Use clean/safe water
Contaminated water can lead to several harmful diseases. So using safe, clean and hygienic water for preparing food and drinking is very important.
Breast-feed infants and young children
For infants, breast milk is the safest and ideal source of nourishment in their first year. It protects against infections with its anti-infective properties and minimizes exposure to food-borne pathogens.