10 Dangerous Food Mistakes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-05 13:07:28 -0500
Started 2014-07-15 06:48:54 -0500

With so much of our treatment for diabetes being food based, it hurts a lot if we have to throw out food that has become hazardous. Here are some ways to prevent food hazards and keep our precious cargo for healthy consumption. http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/danger...

The one thing that I have always done and found out was a no-no is rinse my poultry.

One that they don't mention is using hot/cold bags for your groceries. I used to live very far from the grocery store and learned to bring my cooler to pack my cold items in so they would stay nice and cool in the Hot Florida drives. That has saved my bacon, quite literally. LOL

29 replies

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-07-17 14:39:20 -0500 Report

I have gone to various social functions where there is a buffet of foods left out for hours so people can "nimble" even though I never eat food that has been sitting out. In this day and age and with all this technology and social media why is it few of us understand the importance of keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold and not having them sitting out growing bacteria and offering to people you supposedly care about.

rolly123 2014-07-16 08:11:23 -0500 Report

Gabby like the link help my sister uses cold hot so when she goes store in Florida when very hot it help I moved NH and we put in cooler also when winter comes cold enough! Didn't understand why can't rinse poultry got go over again thanks for that information

Im0nGuard 2014-07-18 20:44:28 -0500 Report

It was because the water that mists or splatters off of the chicken is contaminated by the raw chicken and is deposited on the sink, faucet, surrounding countertop, any dishes in the area, and your hands/arms. The dish detergent bottle and the pump hand soap that most people have (usually right beside the kitchen sponge or dish cloth) also get covered in this contaminated water. Fail to disinfect any of these items, and you could easily contaminate a number of other items. It comes down to is the benefit of rinsing of any surface bacteria that will be killed during the cooking process higher than the risk of contaminating your kitchen? That is your choice.

Glucerna 2014-07-15 22:01:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing these tips Gabby. I especially like the 2-2-4 guideline for storing leftovers. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-07-16 05:57:53 -0500 Report

Yes, I learned that a long time ago and because my husband always takes home food from restaurants, we practice it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 11:26:55 -0500 Report

There is no way on this earth I am ever going to eat any meat that has not been rinsed off. I clean my chicken to make sure there are no stray feathers left and I rinse beef and pork. I under no circumstances buy fish in a supermarket. I have no idea how long they have had it. I do not use sponges because they cannot be sanitized in my opinion. I also rinse bagged salad greens. I store milk on the top shelf and eggs in the egg drawer in my fridge.

I wipe down table, stove and counter top with bleach all the time. I even wash dishes with bleach in the water. I am very picky, If I am in anyone's kitchen and see them open meats and drop it in a pan to fry or in the oven to bake or broil I am not going to eat the food. If I see them hand wash dishes and they are not doing it correctly, I am not eating the food. If I see you pick up raw chicken/meats to cook and then peel veggies and potatoes without first washing your hands, I am not eating the food. If they touch their faces, nose, have a cat on the table or counter or feed the pet out of everyday dishes, I am not eating the food.

I wash my hands after each item of food I touch. We have had large family gatherings and not one person has ever gotten sick. I still stuff turkey and chicken and not one person has gotten sick from that.

Michael_1960 2014-07-19 21:21:16 -0500 Report

It's ok Joyce, that you are clean, I rinse my food before I cook it and I wash my hands and counter tops, but you do not have to go to extremes because once you cook food at the correct temperature it will automatically sterilize the food anyway, and I do not allow my pets in the kitchen when I do my cooking. You also got to allow your body to some germs, to adjust to when you do get around germs your body will be used to it and you will not be deathly sick.

haoleboy 2014-07-17 14:52:09 -0500 Report

wondering if you sanitize your toothbrush before/after each use? (I know people that are fanatical about it)


rolly123 2014-07-16 08:14:49 -0500 Report

At our home my friend uses gloves to handle meat and veg it's plastic ones throw away afterward we sterilize everything meat touches

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-16 08:45:11 -0500 Report

I don't go so far as to use glove and I would never store food in a cooler no matter how could it is outside unless I lose power in the dead of winter. I also sterilize everything meat touches.

tabby9146 2014-07-15 11:41:37 -0500 Report

same way here! I do all those things too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 12:00:53 -0500 Report

I can't believe the CDC said don't rinse meat. For all anyone knows that meat could have fallen on the floor. People get sick because of lack of cleanliness, improper storage and failure to wash hands and utensils when preparing food.

GabbyPA 2014-07-16 06:02:06 -0500 Report

I suppose they would be okay if you did it in a tub of water instead of a running stream. What they were talking about it how overspray will contaminate a clean kitchen and you not even know it. That is why they say don't do it.

Unless you plan to eat raw meat, cooking it well kills all the pathogens that might be in it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-16 06:43:42 -0500 Report

Gabby, you have the tendency to believe what you read then have nerve to defend it. I wash veggies first then wash the meat. While it is cooking, I clean the area with bleach and warm water. I don't care what the CDC says I am washing my food first.. I even rinse fruit before eating it.

GabbyPA 2014-07-16 08:15:40 -0500 Report

I have a great cleaner for my fruits and veggies too. It's water, white vinegar and baking soda. Give everyone a quick scrub in the sink and a rinse.

I have experience to defend what I share most of the time. My experience is not always backed up by science, but that does not lessen the importance of mine or anyone else's experiences.

So while I am defending nonsensical experiences, the only foods that have ever made me sick have come from "clean, code enforced, over regulated restaurants." No one has ever been sick from foods I have prepared in my home or given as gifts. I follow good practices, but bleach is not in my kitchen and I am sure I don't wash my dishes your way.

I am not a fan of the alphabet bureaucracies, and the CDC is no different. I just thought I would share some interesting safety tips. Take them or leave them, it matters not. I didn't share them to MAKE anyone do anything. Just "food" for thought.

tabby9146 2014-07-16 12:43:16 -0500 Report

that is how I wash my fruit and fresh veggies too, but I never thought of combining the baking soda. I will have to do that. After all, I do it to clean surfaces in my house, so it would work well. I have been using vinegar to soak fruits and veggies in, for a few mins. and then I rinse them very well, and I have a small brush that I use also.

GabbyPA 2014-07-16 13:01:32 -0500 Report

This is the cleaning recipe I got for juicing, since everything is raw, you want to take extra care. I buy organic for my juices, but you never know. PLUS, it keeps your food fresher for a longer time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-16 08:40:40 -0500 Report

Yeah you would defend nonsensical experiences. Of course you are right as always. Information is information. I use it as I see fit. I am surprise you wash fruit. Since you got sick from food in a clean code enforced over regulated restaurant maybe they should deregulate them so they become unclean non code enforced and you can go eat in them and enjoy yourself..

TLTanner 2014-08-05 13:07:28 -0500 Report

I rinse poultry for the same reason Just Joyce said, to rinse of any stray feathers. I rinse beef and pork to rinse off the bone shavings that get left behind when the meat is cut. I may just start doing it the way Gabby suggested, dunking them in a tub/sink of water instead of a running stream. Good suggestion, Gabby!

Thanks for everyone's ideas and opinions on this article and subject matter!

kindlekm 2014-07-21 11:05:53 -0500 Report

it will get (most likely) any surface bacteria although there is most likely still plenty on the inside that either won't be harmful (in fruits/ veggies particuarly ) or that will be killed off by the heat of cooking in meats

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-17 19:28:08 -0500 Report

In my mind it is clean. I was raised that way. I don't know anyone who doesn't wash meats fruits and veggies.