Many of us are aware of the recent nationwide recall of peaches and other fruit due to the potential of bacterial contamination. Although thankfully, no illnesses have been reported so far, I’d like to take this opportunity to refresh our knowledge about ways to avoid food borne illness or food poisoning.
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food poisoning affects approximately 1 in 6 Americans every year. Often it results in relatively mild symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and vomiting that resolve within a day or so. However, food poisoning can also lead to more dangerous and even deadly outcomes, which is why food safety is so important!
So how should we protect our family from food borne illness? It’s pretty easy! Just remember 4 basic steps: clean, separate, cook and chill!