|Food safety rules apply for holidays
In light of Thanksgiving dinners clearing up and the winter holidays quickly approaching, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a reminder to Californians to consider the safety of food handling in order to prevent serious foodborne illnesses from bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli.
According to a press release issued by the CDPH, preexisting bacteria in foods like meat and poultry can cause great illness when not prepared or handled properly. These diseases can render their carrier sick up to a week or longer after contracted with symptoms of fever, abdominal cramps and sometimes-bloody diarrhea. Often times, infected people can develop complications that require medical, hospitalized attention.
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Diseases in food can be borne from a number of insufficient preparation and care, such as not properly sanitized utensils and unclean hands, improper cooling or heating temperatures or food delivered by an unapproved source. The first steps to preventing foodborne illnesses is to wash hands and cooking utensils in warm, soapy water before and after handling food. The CDPH also includes a list of food safety tips on their website that include checking that food packaging and containers be properly sealed, making sure you rinse off knifes and cutting boards between use and making sure you take proper care to insure all food is fully cooked before consumption.
According to the CDPH, young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of catching a life-threatening disease from food bacteria, but everyone is susceptible to food-related illnesses.
To prevent sickness and help insure a healthy holiday season, you should take steps to insuring a clean and safe dinner. To learn more about food safety tips, the CDPH invites you to call the Federal Food and Drug Administration Food Information at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.