Food Safety at Home
Have you ever had food poisoning? Chances are you have and thought it was the flu. Every year in Toronto, hundreds of people suffer from food poisoning and most cases occur from eating at home.
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating and drinking contaminated food or water (this includes contaminated ice).
The most common causes of food poisoning are infectious organisms or their toxins. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Food poisoning organisms and their toxins do not change the way food looks, smells or tastes, but can cause any of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
The following are food handling practices that may lead to food poisoning:
- Poor food handling hygiene, such as improper hand washing
- Dirty utensils or work surfaces
- Cross contamination of raw and ready-to-eat food
- Improper cooking and reheating of food
- Improper cooling of hazardous food
- Improper defrosting of food
Food safety starts at the grocery store. Learn more about how you can keep your family safe by shopping and storing food safely.
Proper cooking is the best way to make sure your food is safe to eat. Learn cooking tips that will help keep your meal delicious and safe.
Whether you are cleaning up after a weeknight meal or packing lunches to go, packaging food properly is a key step in home food safety.
How to safely prepare a great Moroccan-Spiced Chicken for family and friends.