September 8, 2021

Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

September is Food Safety Education Month. In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Program Manager Catherine Kirkhoff explains food safety recommendations from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Food Safety Education Tips

September is National Food Safety Education Month.

With end-of-summer barbeques and fall parties starting, it is a great time to review the four simple steps provided by the USDA to help reduce food-borne illness and keep you and your loved ones safe.

  1. Clean – Cleanliness prevents illness. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before handling any kind of food.
  2. Separate – “Be Smart, Keep Foods Apart” is a saying to help you remember this step in the process. When handling and preparing raw meat, seafood, or poultry be sure to keep them separate from each other to stop cross-contamination.
  3. Cook – Take the temperature of your food. Cook raw meat and poultry to the minimum internal temperature.
  4. Chill – Keep foods chilled and stay safe. Cold temperatures keep bad bacteria from growing so store food promptly in the refrigerator.

The last step is an important one to remember especially during BBQs and parties where food might be left out for periods of time. We need to store foods correctly to keep them out of the “Danger Zone” where bacteria can grow the fastest.

The “Danger Zone” refers to the temperature range that allows bacteria to grow on food. Never leave food out of refrigeration over two hours. If the temperature is above 90°F, food should not be left out for more than one hour.

  • Keep hot food hot — at or above 140°F. Place cooked food in chafing dishes, preheated steam tables, warming trays and/or slow cookers.
  • Keep cold food cold — at or below 40°F. Place food in containers on ice.

Weekly Recipe

Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Aioli

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