When holiday time rolls around, there are more cooks in the kitchen than usual, and while it’s great to spend time with family and friends, this also creates more opportunity for foodborne illnesses to be spread, either through cross-contamination or uncooked food, or someone ‘forgetting’ to wash their hands after using the washroom.
One way to help decrease the chances of contracting a holiday bug is to keep hand sanitizer on every counter, and encourage its use. Assign certain jobs to certain people to help keep the salad cook from ‘helping’ the turkey stuffer.
There are often reports in the news about guests becoming ill after attending large functions such as weddings. The very nature of these functions is a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria because often foods are left at room temperature for longer than they safely should be.
Food safety at weddings and other large functions is left up to the caterer to follow proper methods to ensure that food does not spoil prior to eating. Because many large functions occur outdoors and in the warm weather, the chances of food spoiling quickly increases.
Some schools provide lunches for students, and it is always hoped that proper food safety handling methods are being used to ensure the safety of the food being served to your children.
Many parents still prefer to pack their children’s lunch so that they know what their children are eating for lunch, and that the food is safe and healthy. There are many steps you can take to ensure that the lunch you send your children to school with is fresh and safe to eat by the time the lunch bell rings.