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TUESDAY, November 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) – When preparing Thanksgiving party this week, don't forget food safety, a health expert said.
Each year, about 48 million Americans become sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food poisoning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Forgetting food safety is a recipe for disaster," said Dr. Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poisoning Control Center in the emergency department of Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey. .
"Don't prepare food if you have any respiratory illnesses or infections, as this puts your guests at risk. No matter how busy your kitchen is during holidays, always remember the risks of improper handling of food, "Calello said in a news release by Rutgers University.
There are four steps to food safety: cleaning, segregation, cooking and cooling.
Use warm water and soap to wash your hands and surfaces frequently during food preparation. Wash all vegetables. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat and seafood separate from other food when shopping and in the refrigerator, and by using separate cutting boards during preparation.
Never thaw frozen foods on the counter. Do it in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave. Food germs – like bacteria, parasites, viruses – can grow very quickly …