Food Safety at Christmas

“The Christmas season is probably the most active month of the year for food. There are gatherings, parties, and feasts everywhere. This is supposed to be a celebration of the family, and friends. However, there is always the risk of attracting the uninvited—the harmful bacteria or pathogens that cause food-poisoning. As a matter of fact, the number of food poisoning outbreaks spike during the holiday season.

Disease-causing bacteria like E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter are notorious for causing thousands of food poisoning every Christmas.

Proper preparation, cooking, and storage will keep these bacteria from spoiling the fun. Use the following food safety tips below to guarantee food safety at Christmas”

  1. Pick the non-perishable items first when shopping, perishable later
  2. Store all the food items in the right spot in the refrigerator
  3. Wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food
  4. Clean, and sanitize utensils and food contact surfaces
  5. Never wash meat
  6. Properly cook meat at safe minimum cooking temperature
  7. Keep cold foods cold, and hot food hot
  8. Immediately refrigerate any leftover
  9. Reheating Leftovers

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Published by RenSun Lee

Kia ora! Sustainability is at the core of my soul ever since I was a kid. I always strive to finish the food on my plate and live as a minimalist. I love to cut down on waste in order to live sustainably and harmoniously with our planet. This brings me to my passion as a Food Scientist to integrate new technologies into innovative and creative solutions to meet customer demands and market trends and to optimize products and processes for quality, savings and sustainability. To these goals, I have published a Journal on my work on sustainable packaging and patented a new Antimicrobial wash. Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and smart at the workplace and playing hard outside of working hours. I enjoy rejuvenating myself through spending quality time with my two adorable kids and my awesome soul mate and getting close to nature when possible, be it gardening, tramping or going to the beach. I also love to learn about our magnificent universe and how sustainability is working in the grand scheme of things. I strongly believe that Work, Life & Balance is the key to a healthy state of mind, both physically and mentally. I look forward to making a positive difference wherever and whenever I can. Through this Blog, I hope to catalog recent Food Trends and Food Technologies that I come across so that anyone who is interested can have access to it (articles and resources). Please use these resources at your discretion. On top of that, I would also like to share related news and technologies of the future that would help mankind advance towards a Type 1 Civilization. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share and contribute to the “Resources“. I would like to thank you in advance for dropping by. I sincerely hope that you can benefit from the recent Food Trends and Food Technologies I catalogued. Kind regards | Ngā mihi RenSun Lee

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