Five food safety rules you really don't want to break

Friday, August 30, 2013 by: Yanjun
Tags: food safety, hygeine, disease prevention

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
(NaturalNews) Sharing a meal with family and friends not only allows you to highlight your favorite dishes, but also encourages talking and bonding. In the busy world of today, few other events help bring people together more than food. Keeping those that enjoy the favorites you dish out safe requires a commitment to food safety, an issue that is not to be taken lightly.

Here below are some simple food safety rules you should follow:

1. Wash Hands Properly

While many people know they need to wash their hands, they often don't use the correct technique. It is pretty common practice for an individual to simply rinse their hands quickly under the water before drying them on whatever is handy at the moment. Instead, using warm water with liberal amounts of soap, while scrubbing for at least two minutes, will get your hands sufficiently clean. Dry them with a clean towel to avoid the possibility of contamination.

2. Defrost Foods Correctly

If you have been following in your mother's footsteps and letting meat and poultry defrost on your counter top while you are working for the day, you should know that you are giving bacteria ample ammunition to expand in numbers. Instead, defrost food safely in one of three ways: in the microwave, in the refrigerator overnight or, for small pieces of food, under running water.

3. Cook Foods Thoroughly

Though you might prefer the burgers you cook to be pleasingly pink in the middle when they are done, there is no accurate way to eyeball food and determine that it is cooked completely. The internal temperature of a hamburger should be at least 160 degrees, while a turkey burger should be 165 degrees. Using an internal meat thermometer is the only way to accurately measure this.

4. Avoid Cross Contamination

Many of the food safety issues in a kitchen can be traced to the handling of meat and poultry. Bacteria from them can easily contaminate other foods if you are not careful. When cutting meats, designate a separate cutting board and utensils that are to be used solely for that task. Clean these items thoroughly with lots of soap and water before using them to chop other foods, such as vegetables. Or simply use different cutting utensils, taking care to keep those used for meats far from other foods.

5. Handle Leftovers the Right Way

When you are finished enjoying your meal, your thoughts probably turn to relaxing. Instead, the clean up and the storage of leftovers is crucial during this time. Foods need to be kept either hot or cold, depending on the dish. After about two hours at room temperature, the multiplication of bacteria begins to kick into high gear. Cover foods with foil or remove them from the serving bowl before placing them in storage containers and storing them in the refrigerator. Be sure to dispose of leftovers after a few days.

By following a few simple rules for food safety, you can ensure your dishes are both tasty and safe to eat. These quick tips will add little to your prep time and will soon become second nature.

Sources for this article include:

About the author:
Sofiya has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments,health insurance, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.

More articles from Dr. Sofia:

5 Tips for Choosing a Health Insurance Company

Tips for Buying Affordable Health Insurance Policy

Top 8 Tips To Choose A Health Insurance Plan

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Food safety at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.