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Myths and Facts about Food Safety

Myths and Facts about Food Safety

Food safety is a crucial concern in everyday life, as we consume food to nourish and sustain our bodies. However, there are many myths and misperceptions about safe practices that can jeopardise our health. We often believe information that may not be true and inadvertently expose ourselves to unnecessary risks. This guide aims to clarify some of these common beliefs, offering an accurate overview of how to handle, prepare and store food safely.

Can we tell that food is safe by the way it looks and smells?

NO!❌
Most of the microorganisms that affect your health do not alter the appearance or odour of food.🦠🚫

Is it safe to defrost food at room temperature?

NO!❌
Defrosting food in the fridge or in cold water prevents the development of micro-organisms.🍏🚫🦠

Do fruit and vegetables need to be washed before being peeled?

YES!βœ…
Washing with water removes dirt and other contaminants.🍎🚿🧼

If food falls on the floor, can we eat it if we pick it up in 5 seconds?

NO!❌
Micro-organisms can remain on the surface of food and, in some cases, cause illness.🍏🚫🦠

Should eggs be washed before being stored in the fridge?

NO!❌
Washing eggs can remove the natural protective layer and allow bacteria to enter through the shell. Store them in the fridge without washing them. πŸ₯šπŸš«πŸ§½

Should hot food be cooled before putting it in the fridge?

YES!βœ…
Let hot food cool for about two hours before putting it in the fridge to avoid raising the internal temperature and potentially causing bacteria to multiply.πŸ²β²οΈβ„οΈ

Is eating rare meat safe if it’s high quality?

NO!❌
Regardless of the quality, undercooked meat can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. It’s important to cook the meat well to eliminate these risks.πŸ–πŸš«πŸ¦ 

Does cross-contamination only occur between meat and vegetables?

NO!❌
Cross-contamination can occur between any type of food, kitchen surfaces, utensils and dirty hands. You should always use separate cutting boards and utensils and wash your hands frequently.🧼🍴🚫

Are tinned foods that are slightly swollen safe to eat?

NO!❌
Swollen preserves can be a sign of bacterial contamination, such as the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious illness.πŸ₯«πŸš«βš οΈ

 

Find out here the importance of refrigeration in food safety.

2024-06-05T16:05:53+00:00 June 4th, 2024|