Keeping food safe
By Kidspot Team
The summer heat can quickly turn food into a haven of stomach turning bugs. Here are top tips to keep your food safe this summer:

  • make sure your hands are washed and dried thoroughly before and after handling food
  • make sure all tools and surfaces you are using the prepare the food are clean
  • defrost thoroughly before cooking
  • don't rerefreeze food
  • if barbecuing, precook meat especially chicken. There should be no blood visible when eating chicken
  • reheat food until steaming - only reheat once
  • ensure raw meat is properly wrapped to stop drips
  • keep raw meat, especially chicken separate from other food
  • keep food covered and cool until ready to eat
  • throw out perishable food that you have left at room temperature for more than 2 hours
  • use one set of utensils for raw meat and poultry and another for cooked food
  • perishable food, especially meat, should not be left unchilled for more than 30 minutes

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This article was prepared for Kidspot. Sources include FoodSmart

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