Food Safety Facts That’ll Make You Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Food Safety Facts That’ll Make You Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

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4. Butter should be refrigerated, not left on the kitchen counter. 

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According to Cassell, you actually should keep your butter in the refrigerator. This will preserve the butter longer, prevent it from going sour, and deter any harmful microbial growth.

5. You should always wash fresh fruit and veggies before consuming them.

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According to Cassell, yes. Unless the product says pre-washed -- such as bagged lettuce and salad greens -- you should always thoroughly wash your fruit and veggies. Think of all the hands which may molest your produce before you eat it. Not to mention pesticides and other chemicals they may come in contact with. No bueno! 

6. Raw eggs should never be consumed -- they can make you ill. 

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Well, the truth is you can't tell if a raw egg has pathogens or bacteria in it such as salmonella. Therefore, it's recommended you cook your eggs until the yolk is firm.

Sorry folks -- those of you who like runny, sunnyside up eggs! Myself included.

7. Never double-dip the chip! Fans of Seinfeld may recall this very issue from the show.

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Well, both Jerry Seinfeld and Peter Cassell of the FDA agree: you should never double-dip your chips. It's rude and it can spread viruses, colds, germs, and anything else you're carrying in your saliva.

8. You should refrigerate a salad which you bring to the office for lunch. 

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Yes! But, this depends on your ingredients. According to BuzzFeed and Peter Cassell, "It all comes down to what kinds of ingredients you pack in your salad, but spoiler alert: They're all most likely perishable and should be refrigerated ASAP. Lettuce, dairy-based dressings, cheeses, and other produce in your salad, to name a few, should be stored properly at a temperature at 40°F or below. And most protein, such as meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood, should also be refrigerated within two hours of cooking or purchasing, or within one hour if the temperature outside is above 90°F."

So, there you have it folks! Remember to use common sense when handling, preparing or storing food. 

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And of course -- remember to enjoy your food when you eat!


H/T: Buzzfeed, FDA 

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