In continuing with baby safety month, today it's time to focus on your baby's safety when he's still dwelling in...
In continuing with baby safety month, today it's time to focus on your baby's safety when he's still dwelling in your belly (a rhyme!) Rhymes aside, food safety during pregnancy is a huge deal because not only is foodborne illness a serious health risk for pregnant women but it can also put your unborn baby at risk. FoodSafety.gov and the FDA, offer the following tips for keeping your baby (and you healthy) during pregnancy in four easy steps... 1) Clean:
- Wash your hands before and after food prep. If you handle meat, stop wash your hands again, then continue with food prep.
- Keep your cooking and food prep areas clean. This includes washing cutting boards, dishes, utensils (including knives), and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before going on to the next food.
- Clean your fridge on a regular basis.
- Wash fruits and veggies well under running water.
- Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods in your grocery shopping cart, refrigerator, and while preparing and handling foods at home.
- Prevent juices from raw meat, poultry, or seafood from dripping onto other foods in the refrigerator. Place all meat products in sealed containers. place these raw foods in sealed containers or sealable plastic bags.
- Use separate cutting boards for meats vs. other food items. OR wash your cutting board very well with soap and hot water after they come in contact with raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and unwashed fresh produce.
- Your refrigerator should be set for 40° F (4° C) or below and the freezer unit at 0° F (-18° C) to keep foods properly cold.
- Refrigerate or freeze prepared food and leftovers within two hours of preparation.
- Marinate foods in the refrigerator - not at room temperature.
- If you go to an outdoor event, like a picnic, take a cooler to keep perishable foods cold.
- Never defrost foods at room temp - this causes bacteria to grow. Defrost frozen food items in the fridge or microwave.