Home cooked meals are ripe for spreading food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when food is not kept under sanitary conditions and when it isn't stored at proper temperatures. Food poisoning can occur as soon as 30 minutes of ingesting contaminated food depending on how much was eaten. Some of the symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and cramps. These tips will help you protect yourself and guests from getting sick at your dinner table.
It's important to wash hands and keep utensils clean. Do not use utensils used on raw meat with cooked food. Bacteria will transfer to your cooked meat and promote contamination.
Use a thermometer to make sure you cook meat and poultry to proper temperatures and ensure that food is cooked long enough. Remember to refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation.
It's also important to reheat leftovers to 165 degrees to ensure food is kept safe. Remember to cook food at high temperatures and wash fresh produce.
Make sure to thoroughly wash all fresh produce to help sanitize fruits and vegetables.
Be wary of unpasteurized juice and eggnog made with uncooked eggs as E.coli may be present.
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