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Food Safety

There are many things to consider when handling food, both for the safety of the food handler as well as the safety of those who consume that food. Below are some ideas to consider.

Critters - Make sure no critter get access to any of your food supplies. On the other hand, be sure not to contaminate your food supply with poisons that were supposed to get rid of the critters.

Fires - Make sure all cooking fires are properly contained and ventilated. keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby.

Knives - Make sure all knives and cutting tools are kept out of reach of children. When you store sharp tools, try to shield them so when someone reaches in a box, they do not get hurt.

Raw Meats and Poultry - Use care when handling raw meats and poultry to make sure that any kitchen utensils that are used on them are thoroughly washed before being used for food that is ready to be consumed.

Spoiling - During an emergency, you may have limited ability to keep food cold. This can lead to spoiling of food. Be sure to keep temperatures at safe levels for each type of food. For refrigerated foods, it is recommended to keep the food no warmer than 40°F. For frozen food, it is recommended to keep the food no warmer than 0°F.

It may be helpful to put a thermometer in your ice chest and monitor it.

To see a thermometer, click this link:

Wash Hands - All people who will be handling food should wash their hands with soap and water, especially after using the restroom.

 

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