Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Best Tool to Avoid Food Poisoning: A food safety reminder

If you think just washing dishes in your kitchen is enough, then think again. You might be thinking to get your own dishwasher as your read through this guide that we are going to share to you. Food poisoning is one of the most common mishaps that happen to our foods and affects people who eat contaminated foods. Most causes of food poisoning are not actually on the food itself – but on the utensils used in preparing the food. 

Yes – the utensils also contribute to the safety of the food you prepare. So no matter how clean your food might be if you use a dirty or not properly sanitized utensil then you might get into trouble. In a shared lecture few days ago on a food hygiene training and safety we had attended, we learned that the best ally in keeping your kitchen and your food from contaminants is the dishwasher. Yes of course, the dishwasher – something that almost every home should probably have in their kitchen – no doubt.

The lecture taught that everything that goes into the dishwasher on its dry cycle, utensils was more likely sanitized. This is because the internal temperature in the dishwasher during the dry cycle reaches a certain temperature enough to kill harmful microbes on those utensils, sanitizing the utensils on it.

So, for you to make sure about the utensils you used in both cooking and preparing food for your family, this simple food safety guide will help you enough to prevent food poisoning inside your home. The rule for this food safety only instructs something simple – make use of your dishwasher by running through it anything that it can go into – from your platewares to glasswares, sponges – anything that is acceptable in the dishwasher will do. 

But there is one exception – your hand. Of course, you cannot put your hands inside the dishwasher and then have it sanitized. The second rule in food safety is washing your hands thoroughly. This is to ensure that you are not spreading possible contaminants inside and outside your kitchen. Make sure to wash your hands before, in between and after doing tasks inside the kitchen.

This food safety does not only apply to you – but to the whole family. So, as a bonding moment, you can make a small seminar for your family member and teach them simple yet effective food safety lessons to ensure a healthy and worry free living.

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