Food is the most basic necessity in our lives. Without it we are not able to survive and live on. We must take on food at least three times a day for us to stay healthy and strong. This is why it is also important that the food we eat is also clean and free of infection for us to achieve optimum health. This article will show you about the methods on how proper food sanitation is done. With it are the many guidelines you should remember to keep you food healthy
Containers = it is important that you inspect any containers or warehouses that contain your food sources. Every time you travel you may want to think twice about the places where you put your food in your transport, else they will be spoiled. Avoid putting products that easily gets spoiled from too poor refrigeration or warm temperature; examples of these food types are vinegar, cheese, milk, other dairy product s and many more.
Water Supply = Your water supply may contain many bacteria or parasites that could prove harmful to your body. Some sources of drinking water may contain amoebas, ascaris other intestinal parasites, etc. These may cause you problems and diseases like typhoid, dysentery, salmonella and other forms of infections. Be sure that you buy your water sources from reliable and clean sources. If you get your water from suspicious sources like wells, boreholes, etc. then it is of utmost importance that you sterilize your water first before drinking it. You can boil the water to kill any kind of bacteria present or filter it using a purifier or artificial aquifers.
It is also important that you try to assess any restaurants or outside sources of food. Try to rank any food establishment if it is excellent, good or poor before going inside to eat what they have to offer. Most restaurants are approved by government organizations in the U.S. for its cleanliness and safety.
The Four Rights Of Food Safety
Always remember the four important rights in regards to your food safety. The Right Source: indicates that you always buy the best and freshest foods out there. The meat, fruits or vegetables that you eat should be fresh and clean always. When you buy canned or packed products look at their expiry dates to avoid eating/buying spoiled food. Canned foods with bulges, broken seals, dents or any kind of deformation in them may indicate damage and lack of sterility in them.
The Right Cooking: indicates that you need to cook food at appropriate temperatures, avoid eating too much raw or undercooked food. Turn your stove/oven to at least 70 degrees centigrade to cook food properly.
The Right Storage: Would indicate that all the foods that you cook should be stored at room temperature for not more than 2 hours. This is for prevention of bacterial growth in them. Your containers should be tightly and properly sealed. If you have an infant at home, try to avoid storing your food. Foods for babies should never be stored and should always be served to them fresh. When in doubt of the freshness or cleanliness of your food, donít hesitate and throw it right away.