You’ll often hear dietitians and public health officials talk about food safety:
• “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold”
• warnings about food borne illness and food recalls
• proper food storage and cooking temperatures
• don’t drink raw milk or eat raw meat
• don’t contaminate cooked foods with raw meat or poultry
• wash fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating
• don’t eat canned food if the can is bulging, punctured or rusting
Why is this important? Food poisoning caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites may cause illness like nausea, vomiting, fever, and an upset stomach that could last a few hours or days, or the effects could also be much more severe and long lasting.
Cases of food poisoning can lead to hospitalization and even death. Some individuals experience longer term issues like arthritis, kidney failure, brain and nerve damage, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Bottom Line: Pay attention to food safety issues so you don’t pay the price long-term.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian