Food Safety – Quality Advice

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Practice food safety in your kitchen. Simple things such as washing fruits and vegetables, or washing your hands before food preparation, are important for health. Be aware that Hepatitus A can be passed on from handling food.

    • Refrigerate cooked foods as soon as possible
    • Check fridge is operating at 4C or below
    • Check freezer is at -18C
    • Use left overs such as rice or pasta no more than a couple of days
    • Reheat foods at above 75C for around 10 minutes at a medium to hot heat. This will help kill most harmful bacteria and viruses that occur in foods.
    • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge or in a microwave if using straightaway
    • Check use-by dates of all products, particularly dairy products, when shopping.
    • Store dry ingredients in dry places in airtight containers.
    • Use labels for frozen foods. Frozen vegetable dishes can be kept for longer than frozen meats.
    • Use good quality plastic containers or bags for storing foods in the fridge or freezer.

Recently, salmonella infections were traced to rockmelons. Authorities believed that the salmonella was on the outside skin of the rockmelon which was easily transmitted to the inside flesh while slicing the melon. I’d never heard of this before, so we should probably wash all fruits and vegetables before preparing meals.

Food Safety   Quality Advice

When eating out, ensure that foods are being kept in clean containers, refrigerated at the right temperatures, and that staff clothing and general appearance are clean.