Eating Well With Kim: Food Safety

By: Kim Beavers
By: Kim Beavers

Food safety is a pretty important topic especially if you consider that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food borne illness each year.

There are plenty of systems in place to help keep our food safe, but there are many other factors at work that make keeping food safe a challenge. As consumers there are many things we can do (which of course is good news).

Our role in food safety begins at the store.

  • Upon entering the store use the anti-microbial wipe to wipe your hands and cart handle.

  • Avoid cross contamination—bag your meat in separate bags available in the meat aisle.

  • Look at sell by and use by dates on packaging, also inspect the packaging for any damage that could lead to contamination.

  • Collect your cold or heated items just before checkout, that way they remain in the correct temperature zone as long as possible.

Transport the food in coolers or cooler bags if it is hot outside and place your perishables inside the car vs. the trunk.

Wash your reusable grocery bags

A great web site for additional information is foodsafety.gov.

Until next time: Eat well. Live well.


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