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This article will provide you with some very important food safety and handling tips to help ensure a safe kitchen. The last thing you want to do with food is make yourself or others sick from poor food handling. People often don't realize just how dangerous poor food handling can be.

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Did you know that, in every carton of dozen eggs, 8 our of the 12 eggs carry Salmonella? If you're like me, then yu probably don't like those odds. Therefore, if you're going to be consuming raw eggs in a dish, it is important to purchase pasteurized eggs for that purpose.

Remember: it is possible to kill someone with poor food handling choices.

Here are some quick tips to avoid possible trouble:

  1. Always wash your hands before, during and after handling food as well as after using the restroom.
  2. Be sure to avoid cross- contamination of your various meat products and refrigerate food items as quickly as possible after cooking
  3. Cover any open wounds on your hands or forearms with Band- Aids and plastic gloves if necessary
  4. Keep your hair out of the food by wearing a hat or hair net
  5. Keep food in the fridge until you need it
  6. Raw food and cooked food should be stored separately
  7. Raw meats should be stored in the bottom of the refrigerator to avoid potential leakage
I strongly recommend you attending a Food Handling and Safety class in your area. Many colleges offer them as Continuing Education for a nominal fee.

Tips & Warnings

Even if you don't get sick from poor food handling, someone else might. This is especially true when you are preparing food for young children, pregnant women, the sick, injured and elderly who may have suppressed immune systems, either naturally or because of medications they are taking.