Keeping food safe to eat requires using proper temperatures, storage, sanitation techniques. Many people do not know when food is not safe to eat, other than by smell or sight. In fact, many times people feel that they have had the flu, they may actually have had food poisoning.
When you have a major disease, such as cancer, your immune system may be weak, and may not be able to fight off these infections caused by food. Therefore, when you are ill, you should always make sure that your food is safe to eat and safely prepared.
- Never eat raw eggs or products with raw eggs
- Always cook your meat to its proper temperature. The more well-done it is, the safer it is
- Store dry products away from moisture
- Store refrigerated items at or below 41 degrees F
- Keep freezer set a 0 degrees or below
- Throw away dented cans. They could have small air leaks that you cannot see, which may let bacteria grow
- Wash tops of canned goods. You never know where they might have been stored or shipped
- Use different utensils, including knives and cutting boards, for raw and for cooked meats that are different from other foods
- Use a dishwasher whenever possible. The temperatures are higher than hand washing, and have a greater ability to kill bacteria