Thursday, June 6, 2013

Food-Borne Illness

Nutrition experts agree that there’s no such thing as eating too many leafy greens, but before you serve them, make sure they’re clean. Contaminated salad greens are the most common culprit for making people sick, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This same study found that contaminated poultry results in more deaths.
 So what’s the best way to protect your family from food-borne illness? Handle food safely at home. When it comes to produce, that means cleaning all fruits and vegetables with cool water just before eating; it’s also advisable to remove and discard the outer leaves of lettuce.
 Other tips: Don’t prepare foods that will be eaten raw on the same surfaces where you’re also preparing raw meat, fish or chicken; keep food preparation areas and the refrigerator clean by wiping up spills with hot, soapy water and rinsing well.

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