Most food safety mistakes are made innocently, simply because we
didn’t know the rules. And with so many of us juggling multiple
responsibilities at work and home, it’s no wonder that we are
more concerned with convenience and saving time than we are with
washing that head of lettuce thoroughly before using it or heating
up the leftovers to the proper temperature.
Read the top 10 most common food safety mistakes, and their solutions
1. Assuming that “prewashed” fruits and vegetables are really clean and ready-to-eat.
Solution: Wash all fruits and vegetables.
2. Thinking a hamburger is done because it tastes fresh and “looks” done.
Solution: Use a meat thermometer test and make sure it is cooked through to at least 160F.
3. Putting the grilled meat back on the same plate after you finish cooking or grilling it.
4. Tasting homemade cookie dough or cake batter that contains raw eggs.
5. Using the same dishtowel to wipe your hands and the counters.
6. Stuffing a chicken or turkey hours before cooking.
7. Eating cheese with mold on it, or other old food. (This isn’t about “bleu” cheese.)
8. Eating unwashed fruits.
9. Eating foods packed in dented or bulging cans.
10. Throwing suspect food away after eating it. (If there is a contaminant present in a food you ate, you will need to know what it was so that you can get the proper treatment.)
Adapted from Overkill by Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson, Harvard School
of Public Health (Rodale, 2002). Copyright (c) The Philip Lief Group. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from Overkill by Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson, Harvard School of Public Health (Rodale, 2002).