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  • ‘Stay Healthy with Our Top 10 Summer Food Safety Tips’

    The summer months offer lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends, but as food heats up in summer temperatures bacteria multiply rapidly, with food poisoning bugs such as E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter having the ability to cause serious illness. So whatever you're cooking up this summer, stay healthy with our ‘top 10’ food safety tips.

    1. Keep food at the correct temperature (indoors and out), never letting it fall into the danger zone between 4.4 °C (40 F )and 60 °C (140 F) for more than two hours, or one hour if outdoor temperatures are above 32.2 °C (90 F).
    2. Wash your hands in hot soapy water before and after handling foods for at least 20 seconds.
    3. Keep your kitchen clean: it isn’t enough to wash your food; you must also wash the areas where the food is stored, prepared and cooked.
    4. Avoid cross contamination (bacteria can easily spread from one food to the next via dripping juices, hands or utensils), and ensure that you don’t use the same utensils and plates for foods that are cooked and uncooked.
    5. Colour is not a reliable sign that meat is safe to eat because meat can ‘look’ cooked before all of the bacteria have been killed. So use a food thermometer, with a safe minimum temperature being 74 °C (165 F)for poultry; 71 °C (160 F) for burgers and hot dogs; and 63 °C (145 F) for solid cuts such as steak or fish.
    6. When taking foods off the grill it is important not to put them back onto the same plate that previously held raw food.
    7. Marinate meat in the refrigerator or in a cooler filled with ice, not on a food preparation surface or worktop.
    8. Always place raw meat, poultry and seafood at the bottom of the cooler to prevent juices from dripping onto other foods.
    9. Do not prepare foods more than one day in advance as this allows bacteria to grow, and always reheat pre-cooked foods to at least 73.8 °C (165 F) before serving.
    10. Discard leftovers promptly: don’t consume leftover food from picnics or barbeques (even packaged foods such as fruit, sandwiches and drinks can get contaminated).

    You can't see, smell or taste the bacteria that trigger illness, so stay alert and keep healthy this summer.

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    · By Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment

    · Published: Monday, August 19 – 2013 at 07:00