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Health Information For Teens
Food safety means knowing how to avoid the spread of bacteria when you’re buying, preparing, and storing food. Check out how to handle food safely to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Food that hasn’t been prepared safely may contain bacteria like E. coli. Unsafe food can also spread foodborne illnesses like
and Campylobacter (pronounced: kam-pye-low-BAK-tur) infection.
The good news is that you can keep on top of bacteria and foodborne illness by playing it safe when buying, preparing, and storing food.
You have your shopping list in one hand and that shopping cart with the bad wheel in the other. But where should you start and how do you know which foods are safe? Take a peek at these tips:
Don’t slow down your cart for these bad-news foods:
After a trip to the market, the first things you should put away are those that belong in the refrigerator and freezer. Keep eggs in the original carton on a shelf in the fridge (most refrigerator doors don’t keep eggs cold enough).
Ready to cook but not sure how quickly things should be used, how long they should cook, or what should be washed? Here are some important guidelines:
Even though the kitchen might look clean, your hands, the countertops, and the utensils you use could still contain lots of bacteria that you can’t even see. Yuck!
To prevent the spread of bacteria while you’re preparing food:
Your dinner was a success and you’re lucky to have some to enjoy later. Here are some tips on handling leftovers:
It’s easy to make magic with your microwave — you can heat up or defrost stuff in an instant. Before touching that power button, be sure you know what you can microwave and how:
You don’t need to be a dietitian to figure out how to make healthy food choices. Before grabbing a shopping cart and heading for the aisles, read this article to make grocery shopping a snap.
Did you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don’t wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.
Undercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here’s how to protect yourself.
Germs are tiny organisms that can cause disease – and they’re so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.
The germs that get into food and cause food poisoning are tiny, but can have a powerful effect on the body. Find out what to do if you get food poisoning – and how to prevent it.
People often think of salmonellosis as food poisoning, but food is only one way the bacteria Salmonella can be spread.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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