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Jewish Recipes --> Food and Health -- > Food Safety Education --> Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety Test?

You must consult Doctor on all health and medical and your Rabbi concerning all kosher and Jewish Law issues.
This web site is for informational purposes ONLY.

What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed floors? Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly arranged cupboards?

They can help, but a truly "clean" kitchen--that is, one that ensures safe food--relies on more than just looks: It also depends on safe food practices.

In the home, food safety concerns revolve around three main functions: food storage, food handling, and cooking. To see how well you're doing in each, take this quiz, and then read on to learn how you can make the meals and snacks from your kitchen the safest possible.

Food Safety Quiz

Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer. In considering industry to market practices, food safety considerations include the origins of food including the practices relating to food labeling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, as well as policies on biotechnology and food and guidelines for the management of governmental import and export inspection and certification systems for foods. In considering market to consumer practices, the usual thought is that food ought to be safe in the market and the concern is safe delivery and preparation of the food for the consumer.

Food can transmit disease from person to person as well as serve as a growth medium for bacteria that can cause food poisoning. In developed countries there are intricate standards for food preparation, whereas in lesser developed countries the main issue is simply the availability of adequate safe water, which is usually a critical item. In theory, food poisoning is 100% preventable. The five key principles of food hygiene, according to WHO, are:

Prevent contaminating food with pathogens spreading from people, pets, and pests.
Separate raw and cooked foods to prevent contaminating the cooked foods.
Cook foods for the appropriate length of time and at the appropriate temperature to kill pathogens.
Store food at the proper temperature.
Do use safe water and cooked materials.

Reusable Grocery Bags

If you don’t clean your grocery bags, you’re not alone – 97% of people seldom, if ever do. Usually made of woven polypropylene, the bags can serve as breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, such as E coli and certain viruses which can contaminate freshly purchased foods, leading to illness and even death.

Based on this research, some simple steps can help to significantly reduce the risk of bacterial contamination from reusable grocery bags:

  • Raw meats should be carried in separate bags from other foods such as vegetables to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Bags shouldn’t be used to transport non-food items, and they should be stored indoors and not left in vehicles between uses.
  • Bags should be hand- or machine-washed in regular detergent between uses to prevent the growth of potentially dangerous bacteria.

 

 Food Storage

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