Did you know? Approximately 48 million people get sick annually from foodborne illnesses, according to the CDC. To start the school year off on the right foot and in light of Food Safety Month, we’d like to take the time to refresh our followers of important food safety tips.
Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after handling food, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, caring for a sick person, changing a diaper or handling an animal. For all you teachers and parents out there, the Allegheny County Health Department headed an effective Literary Classics Handwashing Awareness Campaign – a clever way to get your students’ attention!
Cleanliness starts in the kitchen. Packing lunches before heading out the door can be difficult when time is of the essence. Though it’s tempting to save clean-up for later, it’s important to sanitize the kitchen immediately following use. Also, during preparation, follow the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s simple mantra: clean, separate, cook and chill.
Smart Packing. If you’re including any perishable food items such as deli meats, cheese, or yogurt in your child’s lunch, include at least one ice pack in an insulated bag. The FDA recommends that these types of foods should not be outside of the fridge more than 2 hours. If a meal should be served hot, prepare it in an insulated thermos (first, fill the container with hot water, let stand for a few minutes then empty and add the desired food).
We hope these quick Food Safety tips help as you and your family transition back into the school. Follow us @PetesLivingGreens for more food safety tips throughout the month on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.