Food Safety Myths And Facts Of Home Cooked Meals Debunked
The Ad Council is shining the spotlight on food safety – relating some common myths and facts about home cooked meals. The subject is one of their featured national campaigns that seek to inforrm the general public about a variety of issues.
I found some of the information they passed along as interesting stuff – especially if you’re a foodie.
- MYTH: Microwaving food kills bacteria so the food is safe. FACT: Harmful bacteria might still remain, as food in a microwave heats unevenly. Always follow instructions and know the dangers.
- MYTH: You can tell whether or not food is cooked by looking at it or touching it with a finger; You don’t need to use a thermometer. FACT: Color, texture, and steam are not proper indicators of whether or not food is cooked to temperature. The only safe way to know is by using a thermometer.
- MYTH: You can’t re-freeze food once it’s been thawed. FACT: Yes, you CAN re-freeze food after it’s been thawed. However, you need to be aware of how long the food has remained out and how it was thawed. Never re-freeze foods that were thawed in a microwave or in cool water.
- MYTH: You need to wash bagged salad greens. FACT: You don’t need to wash pre-washed lettuce and greens. Food sold as “ready to eat”, “washed”, or “triple washed” does not to be washed in the home.
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