5 common mistakes that threaten food safety and may cause poisoning

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– Some people are usually afraid of poisoning when eating out, but a simple mistake in the way we handle and prepare food at home can sometimes lead to serious illness.

In doing so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA showed you how to protect your family by avoiding common food safety mistakes.

Mistake #1: Not washing your hands

Reason: Germs on your hands can seep into food and make it unsafe.

The solution: Wash your hands the right way, with soap and water for 20 seconds. Make sure to wash your hands before, during and after preparing food, before eating, and after using the toilet or changing a child’s diaper.

Mistake #2: Washing meat or chicken

Reason: Washing raw meat, chicken, or eggs can spread germs on surfaces in your kitchen. These germs can feed on other foods, such as salads or fruit, and make you sick.

The solution: Don’t wash meat, chicken or eggs, but make sure to cook them thoroughly so that harmful germs are killed.

Mistake #3: Peeling fruits and vegetables without washing them first

Reason: Fruit and vegetable peels sometimes contain the germs. Therefore, it is easy to transfer these germs to the inside of these foods when cutting or peeling them.

The solution: Wash all fruits and vegetables with water, even if you want to peel them.

Mistake 4: Putting cooked meat back on a plate that had raw meat on it

Reason: Spores can spread from raw meat to cooked meat.

The solution: Always use separate plates for raw and cooked meat. The same rule applies to chicken and seafood.

Mistake 5: Tasting or smelling foods to see if they are good

Reason: You cannot taste, smell, or see the germs that cause food poisoning. And tasting just a small amount can make you very sick.

The solution: Check how long you can store foods safely, then dispose of them when the time is right.

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