Protect your Family
10 Smart Shopping Tips to Protect Your Family from Getting Sick
In order to keep your family healthy and fit, prevention of food poisoning is very much necessary. Prevention of food posing can be achieved by keeping your kitchen area and dinning area neat and clean at all the times. Despite of this we should not forget that raw food items are purchased from market. So the prevention of food poising begins right from your trip to the supermarket. Given below are some tips on how to shop food stuff safely.
- Purchase the packaged and canned foods at the very start of your shopping: Buy only those cans and jars which look perfectly in shape. Never buy canned goods that are dented, cracked or bulging. These dents, cracks and bulging are the warning signals that harmful bacteria may be growing in the can.
- Make sure of the expiry dates and do not buy life expire stuff: Before purchasing dairy products such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, and sour cream check the “use by” or “sell by” date. Go for only those items which will remain fresh for a long time.
- Check the eggs: Buy only those eggs which are stored in a refrigerated store. Before you put the eggs in your bag open the cartoon contains eggs and make sure that the eggs are not cracked or broken and are clean also.
- Tips on buying raw meat, poultry, and seafood: Raw meat, poultry, and seafood sometimes drip and the juice that drips may contain harmful germs. Try to keep other food stuff away from these juices. Put raw meat, poultry, and seafood into separate plastic bags before putting them any where else. For purchasing as well as for storage purpose keep the raw meat, poultry, and seafood separately.
- If you want to buy frozen seafood make sure that the packets are not open, torn or crushed on the edges: Do not pick up the packets which are at the first row in the store’s freezer. In case the packets are transparent watch out for the signs of frost or ice crystals. This will clearly point out that the fish has either been stored for a long time or thawed and re-frozen.
- Check that the fish counter and salad bars maintain cleanliness: Make sure that the cooked shrimp is not put at the same bed of ice as used for the raw fish. If that is the case the raw fish may get contaminated.
- Buy selfish from state-approved shops only: If you are fond of shellfish buy it from the stores which get their supplies from state-approved sources. Do not purchase from the road side vendors or from the vendors who sell from the back of the truck. If you want to harvest your own shellfish make sure that you post warnings about the water safety.
- Milk, frozen foods, and perishables (meat, poultry, and fish) should be purchased at last: Take a separate bag for these items whenever you go for marketing. Keep these items separately because the drip from these items may contaminate other things.
- Straight way drive to your home after marketing food stuff: This way you can save your frozen items from getting warm. In case you stay at distance of around 30 minutes drive then bring a cooler with ice or commercial freezing gels from home and keep all the frozen items in it.
- Also purchase the hot chicken and other hot foods at the last: This way you can protect your hot stuff from getting cool before you reach home.