Food Handling Tips for Volunteers

Food Handling Tips for Volunteers

Food Handling Tips for Volunteers

Date: January 27, 2018 Time: 16:32 pm

Food is supposed to taste great and provide nourishment whenever you eat. However, if not handled properly, bad food can result to an upset stomach or even a bad case of food poisoning. Poor food handling occurs either during preparation or preservation but knowledge of the following food safety tips can keep your food fresh and tasty while preventing infection.

5 Tips for Proper Food Handling

  1. When buying perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and eggs, avoid food items that have abnormal smell or colour, those that appear bruised, have moulds or have insect bites on them.

  2. Keep raw beef, fish and poultry bagged and separated from fresh fruits and vegetables when shopping, and also in the refrigerator to avoid contamination.

  3. Keep your hands, your cooking area, utensils and your food items clean at all times.

  4. Read labels on packaged foods properly to acquaint yourself with the expiry date, how to store and prepare them as well as the ingredients of the food you plan to consume.

  5. Food items should be stored at the right temperatures; 50C for refrigeration and 180C for freezers. This is crucial because the right temperature will help impede bacterial action on the food, thus keeping it fresh.

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