cGMP means current Good Manufacturing Practices. These are sets of rules that have to be followed by manufacturing industries. cGMP ensures that processed products will meet the quality standards of the food industry.

Even if cGMP has been established for manufacturing industries, there are some rules that can be implemented at home. Some of the rules that can be applied include methods of cooking food for your family, choosing good quality ingredients for your daily meals, methods of proper storage of food and the most important of all is proper hand washing technique.

How Do You Implement cGMP At Home?

The main concern of cGMP is to avoid the growth of micro-organisms in foods you serve for your family. Micro-organisms are inherent in all food products but processing them can reduce if not eliminate hazardous micro-organisms. One of the simplest ways to reduce food contamination at home is to practice proper hand washing.

To ensure that you can serve quality and delicious foods for your family, you have to wisely choose the meat, vegetables, processed canned foods and other food items that you are going to buy. Here is a guide that you can follow:

For Meat Products

It is best to choose chicken, pork and beef meats that have no foul odor, no discoloration and the texture is not slimy.

Fresh meat coming from the slaughter houses will deteriorate fast if exposed too long at room temperature. So it is always best to buy meat that has been refrigerated, frozen, or chilled.

For Fruits and Vegetables

Choose fruits and vegetables that have no bruises and no signs of spoilage like black spots. If you will not eat or cook the fruits and vegetables immediately, you should store them properly in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.

For Canned Products

Canned products are ideally safe to eat since the harmful micro-organisms have been killed during processing. These products have longer shelf-life than fresh foods. However, be careful when buying canned products. If the cans are deformed or they have dents, the quality of the food inside is already compromised.

Cooking is an important procedure that will ensure that the food you serve is not only delicious but have less harmful micro-organisms. Here are some tips that could help you.

For Meat Products

Thawing meat can be done by removing it from the freezer the night before and putting it in the refrigerator. This is a slow process of thawing but will not promote the growth of micro-organisms.

Frozen meat need not be thoroughly thawed if you plan to prepare soup or broth. If you intend to fry the meat or sauté it, then the slow process is advisable. You should not leave the meat at room temperature for more than 30 minutes so as not to encourage microbial growth.

For Fruits and Vegetables

Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before you peel or slice them. This way, you can minimize contamination and reduce the presence of micro-organisms. Remove the rotten portions of vegetables or better yet, discard the whole vegetable so the quality of the dish will not be compromised.

Canned Products

Canned products are already pre-cooked during processing so there is less micro-organism. Even if they are ready to eat, it is still best to cook them before they are served.