FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 10, 2003
CONTACT: Don Pickard, Health Department, (816) 840-2548
Health Department encourages consumers to learn proper food safety during National Food Safety Education Month
This September marks the ninth annual National Food Safety Education Month created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. It is designed to be an awareness initiative that promotes food safety education to food service employees and consumers.
This year’s theme, “Store it. Don’t ignore it,” focuses on the important procedures necessary for storing food safely.
The Health Department is taking part in the month-long awareness campaign by focusing attention on the important procedures necessary for storing food safely. Below are some important tips to remember for proper food storage:
Make sure the temperature in the refrigerator is 40°F or below and that the freezer is 0° or below. Check these temperatures with a refrigerator/freezer thermometer.
Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within two hours of shopping or preparing.
Place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in containers in the refrigerator, to prevent their juices from dripping on other foods. Raw juices may contain harmful bacteria.
Discard any food that has passed its use-by or expiration date.
Divide leftovers into shallow containers. This encourages rapid, even cooling. Cover with airtight lids or enclose in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Eat leftovers within three to four days.
For more information about food safety or information on food safety training, please call the Health Department, (816) 513-6008.