E.coli illnesses from starting in your kitchen
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June 26, 3:14 PM
When raw meats or seafood and fresh foods like produce come
into contact, cross-contamination occurs. This innocent mingling usually occurs
on cutting boards, by hand contact, on knives, plates and any other utensil
contact between foods. The solution is to be mindful in the kitchen
and practice the following food handling tips to protect you and your
family. And remember, the less prepared foods you buy and bring
into your home, the less your chances are of ingesting someones elses
Wash hands for two minutes with hot soapy water between meat
& vegetable handling or
Buy a large box of disposable plastic gloves and get in the
habit of using them when handling food. Put on a fresh pair between
handling meats and produce and change as often as needed.
Create work areas. One for raw meats and one for
preparing fruits and vegetables.
Do not use one cutting board for all. Mark the handles on
cutting boards for use: raw meats /cooked meats/ and fruits &
Always use one plate to transport raw meat to the grill, and
a second for cooked meats.
Fruits & Vegetables and the eww
It looks appealing when we see bountiful displays of
produce, but think about how you choose your fruits and
vegetables. You pick them up, look them over, squeeze them and in some
cases toss them back. This is where the eww factor comes in.
Preventative Solution: Arm yourself with a spray bottle of
white vinegar and a spray bottle of3% hydrogen peroxide. Spray your
produce liberally and let set 3-5 minutes. The best results came from
using one mist right after the other - it
is 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself. Do
not mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer. Rinse
thoroughly. You may still scrub certain vegetables
In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, pairing
the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli
bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this
fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these
potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially
available kitchen cleaner. Use these two mists on countertops,
cutting boards or any other surfaces that you want disinfected.
Note: Yes, fruits that are peeled need to be treated as
well, we touch the peeling when peeling. The same is true for melons. If
we donít wash them, a bacterium from the knife gets dragged into the fruit,
Reference note: Articles on Dr.
Sumner's original research work appeared in the scientific news journal,
"Science News," in the issues that were published on August 29,
1996, and on August 8, 1998