Pregnant women, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness since their immune systems are not as strong, so it is very important to practice food safety in your home! Here are some food safety guidelines and helpful tips to keep you and your family healthy.
Foodborne illness is usually the result of poor handling of foods, improper cooking or inadequate storage of foods. This allows for bacteria to grow and thrive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 48 million foodborne illness cases occur in the United States every year with some resulting in hospitalizations and even death. The good news is that a good amount of these instances could have been prevented by following some simple food safety practices.
One of the first and most important ways to prevent foodborne illness is to wash your hands. The best practice is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry well. Have your children wash with you and teach them the importance of washing hands before meals, snacks and after handling foods. I like to sing the “ABC’s” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” song with my son. Both songs are just about 20 seconds long, so it’s a great way to teach your child with out having to count to 20. My son enjoys singing his song and I feel better know that he is learning to wash his hands the right way. Don’t forget to wash the top of your hands, finger nails and between fingers. These spaces are often overlooked and they can be a great hiding place for germs and bacteria.
Another area of concerns for foodborne illness is in the preparation, handling of foods and storage. Here are a few simple tips:
Storing baby foods.
Now that we went over a few of the basics, here are some tips for preparing and storing baby foods:
Foods with a higher risk.
Lastly, try to avoid foods that tend to have a higher chance of being contaminated with bacteria. Here is a list of those items:
Keeping your family safe from foodborne illness is easy to do when you remember to practice food safety in your kitchen!
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PJ Gaumond says:
October 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Keep food prep areas clean and sanitized.
Candice Duffey says:
October 20, 2012 at 3:54 am
Clean the surface of the kitchen every 3rd day, label all food in the refrigerator, open and use only what we will use and freeze the rest, wash our hands before and after every meal and of course pray :)
October 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm
I start emphasizing hand washing at early on w/ my kids & make it fun (letting them pick out soaps, towels, etc). My older 2 wash their hands w/o being told now & I’m sure it will be the same when my baby is older.
October 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm
We always wash our hands before and after eating. We never share spoons or cups!
nancy furman says:
October 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm
We always wash our hands and surfaces where we prepare our food!
Deanna Hill says:
October 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm
We use gloves when we handle meats. And wash our hands after everything!! And have hand Sanitizer in every room! And disinfectant everything after cooking!!
October 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm
Wash our hands before preparing food and keep cooking surfaces clean.
misty forrester says:
October 24, 2012 at 1:24 am
We constantly wash everything to help with keeping us healthy
Rebecca Morgan says:
October 20, 2012 at 12:45 am
We put labels on our left overs so we know when to throw them out.
Amy Bomstad says:
October 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm
Put food away in fridge right away, wash down surfaces all the time with a gentle cleanser, use natural cleaning products. Buy organic.
October 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm
I like to keep my fridge clean…I also keep stuff in it fresh and closed/wraped up…no sitting out open and drying…no contamination and bacteria’s growing..
October 22, 2012 at 3:36 am
I am always washing my hands and sanitizing my baby’s bottles. Whenever I purchase something from the grocery store, I was it before placing it into my fridge.
October 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Lots of handwashing and cleaning countertops and surfaces with vinegar. Keeping raw meats separate from other foods.
October 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Our family always washes our hands with warm water and soap. We clean up counter tops before and after food preparation. We teach our kids about the proper way to handle foods.
Matinah Gilmore says:
October 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm
We are serious about hand washing. My baby doesn’t eat solid foods yet so i’m always sterilizing the breast pump and bottles.