In the topic of food safety, everyone needs to be aware. Each day millions of people become ill and thousands will die from a preventable foodborne disease. It is estimated that more than 200 diseases are spread through our food. The good news is that proper food handling can prevent most of these diseases. Those at greatest risk are pregnant women, small children, the elderly and immune compromised individuals.
Where we can begin is prevention. Food contamination can occur at any stage from farm to table, but a majority of foodborne illnesses are caused in the food preparation stages.
Below is a quick summary of the World Health Organization´s “Five Keys to the Prevention of Foodborne Illnesses”, with some additional highlights. Read to see how close you come to keeping a Food Safe Kitchen.