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