Archive for July, 2012

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Summer Food Safety

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Summer Food Safety

When the temperatures heat up, bad food bugs can multiply quickly

Even the most nutritious fresh foods can spell disaster if they are contaminated with dangerous bacteria. With intensely hot temperatures steaming up much of the U.S. this summer, it is more important than ever that families pay attention to safe food handling practices. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases every year.

Start in Your Kitchen
Did you know that the majority of foodborne illnesses (commonly known as food poisoning) begin in the home kitchen? The principles below will guide you in keeping your food free from harmful germs.

Clean
1. Wash hands often with warm, soapy water and keep your kitchen surfaces, utensils and appliances clean. (more…)