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10 Food Safety Myths You Thought Were TrueAre You Keeping Your Family Safe From Food-Borne Illness?

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5. Overloading Your Fridge Makes It Work Harder

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via www.chefsconnection.org

We know, you’ve got a family to feed and your fridge is brimming with food, but this might not be a good thing. Many people have the idea that the more food that’s in your fridge the harder the appliance will work. In fact this isn’t true at all. 

             Fact: Fridges work by circulating cool air around the space, so the more food there is the less air that can get around. Obviously you need your fridge to store food, but try to keep it uncluttered as much as possible, and avoid stuffing empty spaces with additional food. You’re risking making people sick.

4. Defrosting Your Food On The Counter Is Ok

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When you shop on a weekly or fortnightly basis, it’s almost guaranteed that at some point you’ll be defrosting meat on the counter. Don’t do this.

            Fact: Defrosting meat on the counter is never a good idea, and it puts all the people eating it at risk of a food-borne illness. Defrosting meat in the fridge is the far smarter option as the meat remains cool while it’s thawing. On a counter the outer layer of the meat, which defrosts faster, heats up and is able to be infected with bacteria before the inside of the meat is even thawed.

3. After The ‘Best Before’ Date You Can’t Eat It

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There is a difference between the ‘best before’ date and the ‘use by’ date, so let us clear it up.

           Fact: The ‘use by’ date is when foods are unsafe to eat and need to be eaten or thrown away on that day. Foods cannot be sold after their ‘use by’ date as they could have a build-up of unsafe bacteria. The ‘best before’ date is simply the manufacturer’s way of saying that the product might not be of the same quality. It’s still safe to eat, as long as it isn’t damaged or deteriorated, and as long as the foods are stored correctly you won’t notice the difference. So don’t throw your foods away just because the ‘best before’ date has passed, they’re likely ok.

2. Plastic Chopping Boards Are Better Than Wooden Ones

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           Fact: There’s been some debate about plastic chopping boards vs. wooden chopping boards, but there’s no indicator that plastic chopping boards are in any way better. In both cases you should be very careful to take care of, wash and store chopping boards to minimise bacteria. It’s also important to use different chopping boards when cutting raw meats and vegetables to stop cross-contamination. Many people aren’t aware, but chopping boards need to be replaced when badly scratched or scored as these marks become bacteria breeding grounds.

1. Food Poisoning Happens Most Often At Bad Restaurants

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You might think that food poisoning most often occurs when you go to a dodgy restaurant, but in fact you’re wrong.

        Fact: There aren’t any concrete stats on where food poisoning is most common, but because you probably eat most meals at home, that seems the most likely place. When you don’t practice good food hygiene, it’s easy for foods to become contaminated with bad bacteria, and the resulting food poisoning can have serious consequences. Interestingly, if you do get sick there’s no guarantee that the last meal you ate was the culprit, so think carefully about so it doesn’t happen again. Food poisoning is no joke, and food safety is so easy, you’ll be kicking yourself for slacking off.

These are hard truths that some of us might be guilty of. But its not too late to add a new year’s resolution such as overhauling   your fridge this year with these debunked food safety myths. Prevention is still the best cure.

What other food safety myths that you think were true?

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