Appetizing salads. Mouthwatering spaghetti. Sumptuous roasted pork, chicken, and other holiday delicacies. These edibles grace buffet tables because we are apt to buy food items from the stores in unusually large amount and sock them in our refrigerators and freezers. Such abundance of overstocked food accumulates in our freezer for longer periods of time. And inevitably, such practice increases the risk of food poisoning. This is according to the Food Safety Promotion Board.
The improper storage and cooking of food could give poisoning bacteria good breeding grounds to thrive on.
Another important mater to remember is when cooking frozen foods. Health authorities advise that you completely defrost meat from the freezer before cooking it.
Frozen meat could make our family sick. Always exercise proper preparation and cooking of frozen food.
Health officials give the following recommendations to protect your family from food poisoning.
Always check production and expiration dates of processed food. Never buy expired products.
Make it a habit to reheat left-over food to steaming or boiling temperature before eating it to kill molds and bacteria.
When hosting or attending parties, do not leave food on the table at room temperature for two hours. Bacteria grow fast and double every 20 minutes at room temperature.
Do not overstock food in your refrigerator, filling it to more than its capacity. Food items stored in cramped refrigerator spaces hinder proper circulation and could lead to untimely spoilage. At least leave on enough space in the refrigerator for air to circulate properly.
Keep cooked food in tightly-sealed container before storing it in the refrigerator.
Frozen meat, stored for more than three months, should be thrown away.
Always adopt a first-in first-out approach when replenishing and using food stocks in the refrigerator.
When attending gatherings at the home of relatives or friends, do not eat food that had been left open on the table for more than two hours.
Be especially wary of consuming salads and other food products, which contain milk. There spoil fast.
Always wash raw food items properly before eating or cooking them. Disinfect them.