Christmas is next week, and cooking up a storm is going to be on the mind of a lot of individuals and families. Handling food in a safe and proper way is vital to helping to minimize your chance of getting a food borne illness. Here are some food safety tips to keep in mind when handling your turkey (or other meat/alternate protein of choice) and other foods during the holidays:
- Clean and wash food prep surfaces regularly
- Store foods properly
- Make sure foods are cooked to correct internal temperature (use an internal thermometer to get an accurate reading).
Working With Food
- Wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds before working with food, and immediately after handling raw or under cooked items like meat, fish, or eggs
- Avoid cross contamination by keeping raw meat, fish, or poultry products away from other foods.
- Clean cutting boards and other food prep equipment regularly that are used to handle multiple types of foods.
- Refrigerate perishable food within two hours to prevent bacteria growth.
- Use or freeze fresh poultry, fish or ground meat products within two days, other meats, lamb etc. within three to five days
- Canned foods are safe to store for a long period of time as long as they are kept in an area not exposed to freezing or temperatures above 90 degrees. Throw away any damaged or dented cans.
- Poultry products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Ground meats must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees
- Meat products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees at minimum.
- Keep hot foods at 140 degrees or warmer
- Keep cold foods at 40 degrees or colder
- Do not keep perishable food out for more than 2 hours at room temperature, 1 hour if temperature is above 90 degrees.
- Use food storage containers to properly store food in refrigerator
- Eat cooked leftovers within 4 days
- Make sure food is reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
If you or a loved one are injured due to a food borne illness, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on food borne illness at our website here for additional information.