Whether eating out or cooking at home, steps need to be taken to make sure that your food is safe and that you or a loved on does not fall victim to a foodborne illness.

Restaurant and Take-Out Food Safety

Whether eating at a restaurant, fast food place, or cafeteria, precautions should be taken to insure food safety. When choosing a restaurant, make sure it looks clean. Always order your food fully cooked especially poultry, meat, fish, and eggs. Also be sure to stay away from raw eggs or oysters. If your food has been left out for more than two hours, it is recommended by food safety experts that you throw it away. Be sure to store food in the refrigerator/freezer or stove/oven. Germs that make food go bad can grow on the food if it is kept at the wrong temperature. Food safety experts also warn consumers to be sure that when taking home leftovers not to leave their food in a car and to have the food refrigerated within a two hour period.

Food Safety at Home

When preparing or eating food at home, be sure to keep hands and surfaces clean. Bacteria such as E.coli, salmonella, and listeria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto hands, cutting boards, utensils, countertops, and food. Precautions to take to ensure food safety at home include:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and after using the bathroom, handling pets and handling diapers.
  • Wash dishes, cutting boards, utensils, and counter tops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before preparing the next food.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water.
  • Place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in containers or sealed plastic bags to prevent their juices from dripping on to other foods. Raw juices often contain harmful bacteria.

Food Safety Risks

If proper precautions are not taken, you or a loved one could be at risk for a foodborne illness. Some symptoms of foodborne illnesses include: fever, headaches, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Read about the following foodborne illnesses if you think you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms:

If you find that you are the victim of the mishandling of food and have contracted a foodborne illness, you may be able to file a food safety lawsuit. Contact us to speak with an experienced food safety lawyer for a free consultation.

Published November 17, 2011 by