Cross-Contamination is the process by which harmful bacteria or microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another. Cross Contamination can lead to food poisoning which can in some cases be fatal. Here are a few tips to help you avoid food poisoning while out food shopping or when storing food.
- Separate any raw meat from other foods in the cart.
- Use plastic bags provided by the grocery store to wrap raw meat and produce separately.
- Put raw meat into containers or sealed plastic bags to avoid juices dripping on to other foods.
- Ensure meat, eggs, dairy, and appropriate produce are refrigerated or frozen at the proper temperature.
- Store food in designated storage areas.
- Keep food away from dishwashing areas, garbage rooms, restrooms, and furnace rooms. Never store food near chemicals or cleaning supplies, and keep it out from under stairways and pipes.
- Store food in proper containers. If food is removed from its original package, put it in a clean, sanitized container and cover it.
- Implement the use of a food wash such as CitroBio Fresh Food Wash which is effective in controlling pathogens and extending the shelf life of your Produce, Seafood, Meat and Poultry.
In how to avoid cross-contamination part two, we will cover the basics of prevention while preparing, serving, and storing food.