Putting your best fork forward is the message behind National Nutrition Month this year.
National Nutrition Month®, held annually in March, brings awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
We all want to be healthy and support our bodies with essential nutrition.
One consideration with each forkful is the safety of each bite.
Will that forkful put you and your family at risk of foodborne illness, better known as food poisoning?
Are you concerned about the safety of the food you and your family consume?
Having a safe food system is important to us all, affects us all, and remains a public health concern – one forkful at a time!
Food Safety At Home
It is true that the US has a very safe food supply compared to other countries in the world, who must concern themselves with getting drinkable water and food that is free of contamination.
However, one in six of us will be sickened by food poisoning each year and 128,000 of us will end up being hospitalized.
The preventable catastrophe is 3,000 of us will die from foodborne illness this year.
Detective FoodSafe, the expert in Food Safety, says we can make a difference in our health and our family’s health when we become aware of the potential and take steps to prevent it.
Here are some Detective FoodSafe approved ways we can make our home food supply safer:
- Keep food preparation surfaces clean
- Wash your hands throughout the preparation process and before touching handles, faucets and other items in the kitchen
- Separate cooked and raw food preparation
- Store foods promptly after grocery shopping
- Store leftovers within two hours of serving
- Use a food thermometer for cooking foods, reheating leftovers, and in the refrigerator and freezer to keep food out of the temperature danger zone
- Be aware of food recalls that might affect your family
- Read labels for expiration and use-by dates and rotate your stock using the first in first out method
Food Safety Away from Home
Places outside the home where we go to eat and buy prepared foods including supermarkets and farmer’s markets are regulated by local and state government with requirements for food safety.
They follow these guidelines that are designed to keep your forkfuls safe to eat.
- Food is purchased from approved suppliers
- Food handlers wash their hands to prevent contamination
- Food is stored at the appropriate safe temperatures
- Food is cooked thoroughly
- Operations maintained under the view of regulatory inspections
Detective FoodSafe reminds us that it is important to remain vigilant when we eat food away from home, whether we choose to eat from a pot luck dinner, a tailgate party, a deli counter, a food truck, a picnic, or a restaurant — just as you would for your own dinner table.
Food safety steps can keep your family from becoming victims of food poisoning, no matter where you choose to eat the healthy foods you love that will love you back.
Every forkful should keep you healthy – and not make you sick!