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Food Safety Tips to Reduce Risk of a Food-borne Illness During a Holiday Gathering – Memorial Day Message

Remembering those who sacrificed everything so we could have anything

It takes courage to keep the faith of the people alive and fight with courage for the people of the country. Our soldiers deserve all the honor and respect.

A bit of history:  Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Each and every soldier who fought for the nation was someone’s son or daughter, someone’s brother or sister, someone’s  Mother or Father, and someone’s friend….. Memorial Day is the day to take inspiration from such brave soldiers and stand with their families.   On this  occasion, let us bow our heads in silence to remember and honor the sacrifices of hundreds of men and women who gave their lives for the country.

Sending warm wishes to you and your family on Memorial Day.

 

 

 

During the Memorial Holiday and during the many festivities taking place from towns to cities — it is a good time to take a “hand-washing break”

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for about 20 seconds and if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product.  Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting.

Wash your hands with soap and water during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • After touching raw meat, raw eggs, or unwashed vegetables
  • Before eating or drinking
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before exiting a restroom *
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage.

FOOD SAFETY TIPS ~ Backyard Gatherings to Picnics

Serve Foods Safely

  • If preparing food in advance, divide cooked food into shallow containers  and store in a refrigerator or freezer. This encourages rapid, even cooling.
  • Keep hot foods hot, at 140°F or warmer. Use slow cookers, chafing dishes, and warming trays to keep food hot on the buffet table.
  • Keep cold foods col , at 40°F or lower. Use small serving trays and replace often with fresh platters from the refrigerator, or place serving dishes in bowls of ice so they stay chilled.
  • For picnics and other outdoor meals, keep cold food in a cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs until just before serving. Catering or getting food delivered?     Make sure food that is catered or delivered stays at a safe temperature.
store leftovers in smaller portions

Divide leftovers into smaller portions or pieces, place in shallow containers, and refrigerate or freeze.

The Two-Hour Rule:  Throw away any perishable foods that have been out at room temperature for 2 hours or more.

Toss them after 1 hour if they’ve been sitting out at temperatures of 90°F or hotter, such as food served at a picnic or outdoor family reunion.

Taking temperature of foods

Use a food thermometer to be sure foods are cooked to the right temperature.

  • Store and Reheat Leftovers the Correct Way >>>>
  • Divide leftovers into smaller portions or pieces, place in shallow containers, and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Leftover foods should be refrigerated at 40°F or below as soon as possible and within two hours of preparation. It’s OK to put hot foods directly into the refrigerator.
  • Leftovers should be reheated to at least 165°F before serving. This includes leftovers warmed up in the microwave.

Have  a Safe Holiday!

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/serving-food-safely.html