It’s barbeque season and I am always the one keeping everything in the cooler until the last minute and questioning my friend’s meat preparation techniques. Keeping cold foods cold and hot foods hot is the key when it comes to food safety. I know everyone may not be as obsessed as I am, but remembering a few key tips can help prevent everyone from getting sick. Health Canada has a great article on Summer Food Safety. Enjoy!
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I have a question regarding food expiry dates. I heard from some people that it is okay to eat packaged / dry products that are past over due such as dry mixes and stuff. I was just wondering if there is any official time range where it is still fairly safe to eat the product or use a mix?Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Excellent question, I am sure we have all found something at the back of our cupboards and wondered if it was okay. Well, in my previous roles working in a hospital setting food safety was really important. Our trainer in food safety always said, “If in doubt, throw it out!”. And the Canadian Food Inspection Agency agrees, see the information below.
Eating food that has passed the “best before” date
- You can buy and eat foods after the “best before” date has passed. However, when this date has passed, the food may lose some of its freshness and flavour, or its texture may have changed. Some of its nutritional value, such as vitamin C content, may also be lost.
- Remember that “best before” dates are not indicators of food safety, neither before nor after the date. They apply to unopened products only. Once opened, the shelf life of a food may change.
- NEVER use your nose, eyes or taste buds to judge the safety of food. You cannot tell if a food may cause foodborne illness by its look, smell or taste. And remember: “If in doubt, throw it out!”
- Foods that are likely to spoil should be properly stored, and they should be eaten as quickly as possible. Harmful micro-organisms that lead to foodborne illness can grow in foods, even if they do not appear to be spoiled.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency. (2011, April) Date Labelling on Pre-packaged Foods. Retrieved from http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/tipcon/date.shtml
What do these three topics have in common? Well nothing really except that I have new links that I want to share on each:)
“Because there is a thin line between wanting to be healthy and feel good about yourself and risking your health trying to live up to unrealistic beauty standards.”
Check out The Quebec Charter for Healthy and Diverse Body Image, I recently signed this online petition and hope you will too.
Did you know your peak bone mass isn’t reached until around age 30? Check out this newly redesigned interactive tool to see if you are getting enough calcium for your bones. http://bcdairyfoundation.ca/interactive/calcium-calculator/
Do you use a thermometer to check the temperature of cooked meats? How about to check the temperature of your fridge? Learn more about preventing food borne illness with this website, www.ruhotenuf.ca .