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4 Tips to Keep your Food Safe

My Doctor Finder
October 26, 2015

By following these four simple steps, you can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home. [1]

  • COOK thoroughly – Make sure to cook your food thoroughly especially raw foods like meat, fish, and chicken to avoid food contamination. Cooked food is safe only after it’s been heated to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria. The possibility of bacterial growth actually increases as food cools after cooking because the drop in temperature allows bacteria to thrive. So make sure to keep your food above the safe temperature of 140°F to avoid food contamination.
  • CHILL – This must be done to raw foods. Most raw and cooked food can be stored in the fridge at 5°C or lower for 2 to 3 days, unless stipulated otherwise by packaging’s “Use by Date”. Cold temperatures slow the growth of illness causing bacteria. So it’s important to chill food promptly and properly.

Food poisoning is one of the leading cause of deaths in the country. 1 out of 5 Filipinos die from the sole reason of food poisoning. Equip yourselves with the proper knowledge of the 4 dos for food safety to prevent food poisoning and to keep your family safe from illness-causing bacteria.

In case of a food poisoning emergency, you may locate the nearest hospital that may immediately attend to you here: www.mydoctorfinder.com/hospital

Sources:
[1] “Check your Steps” by Foodsafety.gov