17 November 2011

Food Safety

Food safety seems to be a topic that is frequently in the news so it appeals to me as a stock photography subject.  On a personal level I am also concerned with the safety of the food I eat from dangers of salmonella to avoiding chemicals and hormones by eating organic when I can.

Foodsafety.gov is a website where you can educate yourself on the topic of food safety.  They also list the latest recalls and alerts so if you are questioning some food in your kitchen check the list before you consume it.

Here is a simple list of things you can do to help keep your food safe on a day to day basis.
  • Wash countertops and utensils thoroughly before and after each use.  You can use 1 tablespoon bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water to sanitize too.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling food.  That means using an antibacterial cleanser and washing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before serving.  Scrub those with a hard surface like cucumbers with a vegetable brush.
  • Cook all meat and fish to the USDA recommended temperatures.  An added bonus to using a food thermometer is that your meats will stay juicy because they also prevent you from overcooking them.
  • Use this chart when deciding how long to store food in the refrigerator or freezer before it is time to throw it away if not yet eaten.  You can also use this as a guide when cleaning out your refrigerator which you should do often.
  • Check the sell by dates on the food you purchase, and before you consume foods already in your home.  Be careful of food sales - sometimes you need to eat the products quickly before they are expired.
  • Drive directly home from the grocery store and put perishable items away immediately.  If you live more then 30 minutes away then bring a cooler with ice to help protect your groceries.
If you have any questions about Food Safety check with the USDA, these Fact Sheets are a good starting point.


  1. Thanks for the informative post. I feel the same way. Everything seems so unsafe. From pesticides to steroids, etc. But there's only so much we can do. We have to eat to live.

  2. Hi there, I am your newest GFC and Facebook follower, stopping by from Couponing From Florida to Michigan! I would love a follow back, thanks.


  3. Chevron - You are right, we do have to eat to live. In my opinion as long as I stay educated and do my best to keep things safe then that is good enough for my lifestyle.

    Couponing from Florida to Michigan - Thanks for coming by, I will stop by your blog and check it out.

  4. This is very important information, thank you for sharing! New follower from Blogging Buddies! Hope you'll stop by and say hi!

    Trisha @ Momma T and Baby E

  5. I am in love with your blog. Today I searched and searched for clean images... and couldn't find any. Come to your blog to leave you a post and guess what?? Your style of photography is exactly what I had in mind. You are very talented. You popped by my blog and asked if I would if could interview me. Yes, of course! I would be honored. Now I am off to check out your portfolio.

  6. Trisha - I will stop by and give you a follow!

    Allison - I sent you an email :)


  7. Being foodsafe is so important at home, as it is for food manufacturers. Thanks for posting some great tips!