As we go into summer party season, it is more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself and party guests from food poisoning.
In the United States 1 in 6 people suffer from food poisoning every year. The most common food poison is E. coli because the food supply of Americans is from global and local food sources.
The benefit of having global and local food sources is the availability of fresh produce year round of fruits and vegetables.
Food poisoning can result in major illness and even death from eating perishable produce.
Although scientists have not discovered the precise source of food borne illness, symptoms can last 2 to 10 days on average.
Food poisoning can happen from food contamination or simply from someone handling food not washing his or hands properly prior to serving or packing food.
One of the best ways to protect one from food poisoning is to eat fresh produce as much as possible.
Most food poisoning cases come from meat such as poultry that carries salmonella or campylobacter.
When you are cooking meat, always use a food thermometer. This will help you kill harmful bacteria while keeping your meat juicy and tender.
Meat should always be well cooked or t least 160 F to remove E. coli from food.
Here are some other healthy habits of food preparation you should follow to avoid food poisoning:
- Wash fruits and vegetables with soap if they are raw fruits and vegetables. This cleaning ritual is especially important for leafy greens because they have crevasses where E. coli can hide.
- Never cut meat on the same cutting board you chop vegetables or fruits.
- Always keep ready-to-eat food products separate from raw products.
- Leftovers should be immediately refrigerated.
- Clean all cooking utensils with soap and hot water before and after handling utensils.
For guaranteed fresh produce, meat, seafood, poultry, or diary products, stop by Hearn Kirkwood.
Our food products arrive daily from California, Mexico, Texas, Florida and Maryland.
Hearn Kirkwood also procures and provides our customers with a variety of quality perishable products at highly competitive prices.
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Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.