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National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month in Canada.

Time to refresh our food safety knowledge and remind busy families of some important tips to fight foodborne illness.

Keep the following tips in mind before, during and after food preparation:

  • Everyone preparing or eating foods should wash their hands often; front and back, between fingers, under fingernails – in clean soapy water for at least 20 seconds (or two choruses of “Happy Birthday”). This includes kitchen helpers, such as children.
  • Use hot, soapy water to wash counters carefully before and after food preparation to remove food particles and spills. Remember to clean other items commonly touched during cooking, such as cabinet knobs and refrigerator handles, too.
  • Prevent the spread of bacteria by keeping nonfood items, such as mail, newspapers, purses and reusable tote bags, off counters and away from food and utensils.
  • Wash dishes, cutting boards and cookware in the dishwasher or in hot, soapy water, and always rinse them well. Remember that chipped plates and china can collect bacteria.
  • Replace old cutting boards that are excessively worn with cracks, crevices and knife scars.
  • Change towels and dishcloths often and wash them in the hot cycle of your washing machine. Don’t leave damp, dirty towels sitting around – they’re the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Replace dirty sponges or wash them in a bleach-water solution.
  • Remember to clean up spills on appliances. Wash appliances with hot, soapy water. Pay close attention to the refrigerator and the freezer – including the shelves, sides and door where foods are stored. Pack perishables in coolers with a refrigerator thermometer while you clean or defrost your refrigerator or freezer, to ensure your foods stay at the proper temperature 40°F or below.
  • Clean your microwave regularly because splatters can also collect bacteria.

By keeping food safety in mind, you can help keep your family healthy!

For more information on food safety visit https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/food-safety.html