Tips on Food Safety
Try and make a habit of following Food Safety Tips
Buy Quality food
- Buy fresh food from reliable suppliers with clean premises.
- Always check expiry dates of raw material and processed food.
- Do not buy products in damaged, dented, puffed or leaking cans and tetra packs.
Cleanliness is a must
Follow the below Tips:
- Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils and counter tops with soap and hot water before and after cooking. Use separate cutting boards for fruits/vegetables and raw meat, poultry and seafood.
- Do not use cutting boards with cracks or scars.
- Keep the refrigerator clean and dry.
- Clean the lids of canned foods before opening.
- Wash kitchen cloth towels daily with soap and hot water and dry them before using. Damp and dirty towels are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.
- Clean kitchen, sink drains thoroughly, daily as they could harbor harmful bacteria.
- Do not leave food around as it may attract insects, bacteria or vermin.
- Do not allow pets in the kitchen. Keep kitchen free of insects and pests.
Store food correctly
- Do not leave cooked food at room temperature for more than two hours.
- Always store food in covered containers in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Do not over-stuff the refrigerator or freezer. Good airflow inside the refrigerator is important for effective cooling and keeping food safe.
- Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 5 °C.
- Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other food in your grocery bags and in your refrigerator.
- Refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood and other perishables within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing and in summers, even sooner.
- Separate raw and cooked food.
- Clean and clear the refrigerated regularly to ensure that the stored food is either used or discarded.
Defrost the right way
- Never thaw food at room temperature. Defrost food in the refrigerator, cold water or in the microwave.
- Cook food immediately after thawing.
- Keep meat and seafood in the refrigerator while marinating.
Cook food thoroughly
- Always use safe water and fresh raw material to cook food.
- Cook food thoroughly to kill germs that cause food poisoning.
- If you are not sure about the quality of the drinking water, boil water for at least 5 minutes.
Tips on Food Safety is published by World Health Organisation on the occassion of World Health Day