Parents spend a lot of time and a lot of energy trying to prepare food that is both delicious and healthy for their children. That is why when parents hear things on the news that indicate certain foods have become contaminated or that they might contain some sort of bacteria, they stop buying these products altogether. In recent years, reports of salmonella in peanut butter and other foods have virtually led to the closure of some name-brand food manufacturers.
Something that is surprising to many family heads is that food contamination is something that could actually happen in their home, even on their kitchen counter. Thankfully, parents can take positive steps to protect their family by the way they store and cook food.
One thing that parents should realize is that bacteria does not only attack food that is weeks old. On occasion, food that looks fresh at the grocery store is not safe to eat. Now, this does not mean that parents need to run out or go online and purchase infectious disease Elisa kits to test all of their food before they serve it to their kids. What does mean is that family heads want to take some time to learn a little bit about food contamination and simple steps they can take to keep bacteria out of their food.
In the United States, there are just a handful of bacteria that lead to all food contamination and all food poisoning. Food contamination happens when food is contaminated during the slaughtering process, when bacteria is present in the water that is used to clean food, and when humans handle meat and other foods with unwashed hands as they process it. Food contamination can also happen when contaminated meats are placed on a counter and then vegetables are cut or prepared on the same counter without properly cleaning it.
Some very simple steps that parents can take to protect their children involve keeping themselves, the food they prepare, and the cleaning services they prepare the food on clean. Before handling any food, it is recommended that parents wash their hands with an antibacterial soap. Fruits and vegetables should be washed with a cleaning solution to eliminate bacteria, or they can be soaked in bleach. Counters where meat and other potentially dangerous foods are prepared should be thoroughly cleaned with bleach before using them to prepare other food items. These are relatively simple steps that can have a long-term positive benefit on a family’s health.