Above All, Keep Food Safe

Fruits and VegetablesSeptember is National Food Safety Education Month. Food safety affects all diets and is a crucial, though often overlooked part of a healthy diet. Although many potentially hazardous foods (PHF) are of animal origin, any food can be implicated in a food borne illness outbreak if mishandled. To help prevent a food borne illness outbreak with foods of plant origin remember these simple rules.

  1. Check for and avoid purchasing damaged produce. Damaged produce is more likely to be contaminated.
  2. Clean produce immediately before preparing or serving and keep food preparation surfaces clean.
  3. Separate produce from other potentially hazardous foods (such as raw meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, etc.)when shopping, storing, or preparing.
  4. Cook or throw out any produce that touches certain potentially hazardous foods.
  5. Chill any cut and prepared produce within two hours.
  6. Throw out any unrefrigerated, cut produce; damaged or decaying produce; or produce that has touched potentially hazardous foods and cannot be cooked or cleaned.

Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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