Kitchen Clean Up

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Handling food safely, and cleaning up, are critical to preventing food-borne illness. But a recent experiment showed that most people make mistakes in these areas. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many home cooks neglect some aspect of food safety. Aside from having a clean kitchen, remembering hygiene basics can help prevent foodborne illness. Preparing food safely is very important, but mistakes can easily be made.

A recent experiment showed that despite receiving food safety recommendations, most participants made mistakes when cooking in the kitchen. Handwashing was one of the biggest problems.

Most participants washed their hands, but did not wash long enough or did not use soap. They also continuously dried their hands on the same kitchen towel each time, which contaminated it several times during the day. Another mistake participants made was cross-contaminating raw meat and ready-to-eat-fruit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year roughly one in six Americans, or 48 million people, gets sick, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

Next time you are in the kitchen be aware of these issues and avoid them to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illness.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.