Food Safety Essay

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When preparing a meal, many factors go into ensuring that the food is safe to consume. The safety guidelines for food and food preparation need to be followed from the time of food purchase all the way to heating up leftovers. Failure to maintain a good food safety procedure can lead to illnesses that could be mild or severe. Implementing the proper methods of food safety sanitation, storage, prepartion, food handling and presentation are vital to have when serving your children. Food safety begins in the supermarket. There are many things to keep in mind when shopping for the food for your facility. When browsing packages on the shelves, never choose cans or contains that are dented, cracked, swollen or leaking. Flaws in packaging provide an opportunity for bacteria to penetrate the food item and potentially make you ill. Check that frozen or refrigerated foods are being stored at the proper temperature(www.foodsafety.com/food storage). Inspect foods for evidence of being soiled or moldy. Dry products such as breads should not show evidence of moisture inside the packaging. You should also make it a habit to check the date on perishable foods, especially chilled and frozen items(www.foodsafety.com/foods storage). Proper food storage methods are essential to maintain the integrity of food and safeguard our health. The most common ways to store dried foods is in seal tight plastic containers or zip lock bags. Roots and tubers, like potatoes, beets and yams, were and still can be stored in root cellars, if you have one. These foods must be monitored for mold and rot in long-term storage. Refrigeration is also suitable storage for roots and tubers(www.ehow.com-storage). A refrigerator’s temperature should always be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Meats, poultry, fish and seafood all need to be kept covered in the refrigerator. Meat, fish and poultry

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