by Jim Chan
Cooking, Grilling and BBQ
Food poisoning can happen at home
There are many party crashers in your home that love your food and drinks, but you won't see them and likely won't even know they are at your table because they are invisible. Who are are these invisible guests? They are pathogens, infectious agents that cause diseases or illnesses to human for eating contaminated food. Common pathogens such as bacteria are a common cause of food poisoning, examples including Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli O157, Staphylococcus auteus and more. These bacteria can cause serious illness and sometimes even death if victims are young children, elderly or sick. Common causes of food poisoning including poor hygiene, careless food handling, improper food storage.
If pathogens can talk
Food safety tips
Here are some food safety tips on how to keep your family and friends safe from food poisoning:
1. Food safety starts with the shopping list
2. Keep food safe in the refrigerator
More tips on food safety in refrigerator, see How healthy is your refrigerator?
3. Hand washing
More tips on hand hygiene, see Hand hygiene for food handlers
Example of cleaning and disinfecting utensils (Note: The 3-compartment-sink method is for commercial food business, at home, combine the process in sinks 1 and 2).
Food safety tips on handling
and cooking turkey
Play it safe when cooking a turkey, here are some additional food safety tips:
Follow the four food safety steps
(Food safety video - Dr. Justin Beaver)