When you go grocery shopping, you could end up buying contaminated foods (that could poison you and your family) if you aren’t aware of several “situations” that can happen at the store. Follow these 5 easy tips to virtually guarantee all the food you’ll bring home is 100% safe:
Make cleanliness your #1 priority: Before thinking about what you’re going to buy, you must see how clean is the place where you’re going to get your food. If the service areas (or the restrooms) aren’t spotless, chances are the areas where the employees handle your food look pretty bad (and dirty). If you see a mouse, a rat, or a roach, this means there are many of them lurking around the grocery store (all of them will come out at night when no one is around)… and your best option is to run away fast and buy your groceries at another store.
Choose (and inspect) your food carefully: It’s extremely important to inspect the food before you put it in your shopping cart. Never buy:
- Products with damaged (or imperfect) packaging
- Cracked eggs
- Dented, leaking, or swollen product packages, containers, or cans.
- Cold (and frozen) foods that have been left out of the refrigerator
Don’t forget to look at expiration dates: Make sure to look at the “sell by” and “use by” dates on the packages of perishable foods (especially cold and frozen foods). If the “use by” date has passed, then buy another product.
Pick up frozen foods at the end of your shopping trip: If cold and frozen foods (such as beef, seafood, and poultry) stay at room temperature for more than 2 hours, they’ll spoil and harmful bacteria will start growing (you’ll get a severe case of food poisoning if you eat them). That’s why you must always pick up meat, poultry, pork, seafood and other perishable “cold” foods last.
Separate foods: Raw beef, poultry and seafood must be kept away from your other foods, because raw meat contains juices that may be carrying thousands of disease-causing bacteria. Usually, grocery stores offer plastic bags you can use to wrap the meat and prevent contamination of your other (ready to eat) foods.
These easy-to-apply tips will help you ensure you will never buy contaminated food at the grocery store, so you (and your family) won’t have to suffer the horrible consequences that come with a severe case of food poisoning. However, if you’d like to know more about how to keep your foods safe, then you must talk to Ken Kuscher (one of the leading experts in food safety, with over 35 years of hands-on experience).
Ken Kuscher offers the following services: Food Card Florida, Food Safety Certification Florida, Cheap Florida Food Handler Certificates, and Required Florida Food Handler Certificates. Contact Ken Kuscher today to get certified in safe food handling.