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Keeping Your food Safe this Summer

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Keeping Your food Safe this Summer

Effectively Preventing Food Poisoning this Summer

With plenty of backyard barbecues, parties, and social gatherings happening during the summertime—it’s important to do what you can to effectively prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. The health experts at St.John’s Health are here to share some tips to help you and your loved ones ward off unwanted belly aches this summer.

Refrigerate Leftovers Immediately

When hosting events, it is important to keep in mind that food that is left out is the perfect environment for illness-causing germs. This is because temperatures between 40°F to 140°F are optimal for bacteria to thrive. Once food has been cooked, it is important for you to refrigerate it within the first 2 hours to keep germs at bay.

Prevent Cross-contamination

Cross-contamination happens when harmful bacteria is transferred from one substance to another, typically due to improper handling of food. When cooking, be sure to keep the following food items away from others:

  • Raw eggs
  • Raw poultry
  • Raw meat
  • Raw seafood

Also be sure to properly clean and disinfect any utensils and surfaces these food items may have come in contact with before using them again.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria in the kitchen is to wash your hands often. Be sure to use antibacterial soap, washing your hands for at least 30 seconds before and after preparing food. It is also important for you to wash your hands immediately after handling raw meats and eggs.

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