15 Ways to Make Your Food Safer
Food Safety Strategies From the Market to the Table
What about produce washes? "All of these solutions and washes may have
some applications but studies show that washing with water is as safe as
anything else," says Pillai, who calls water the "most effective, the
safest, and the cheapest" way to wash produce.
12. Thaw foods in the refrigerator, not on the countertop. It may
take longer, but it's safer.
13. Cook foods thoroughly. Use a meat thermometer to make sure meat
is fully cooked. Never put cooked meats on an unwashed plate or platter that
has held raw meat.
14. Store leftovers safely. Refrigerate leftovers in tight containers
as soon as possible and use them within three days. When in doubt, throw it
15. Maintain perspective. "There's no such thing as a zero
risk," says Pillai. "There's no such thing as a sterile product."
Everyone in the U.S. should get more education about food safety "so the
responsibilities are being spread all across from the proverbial farm to
fork," says Pillai.
While you can't control everything that affects your food, "you should
not lose a sense of reality," says Pillai. "I still believe that we
have one of the safest supplies of food in the world."