Defense wins Championship
As you get ready to serve food to your guests in a restaurant or your loved one, follow these simple FOOD SAFETY DEFENSE rules to avoid food safety penalties during fast-paced Super Bowl celebrations.
That hand towel on your oven or hanging from your belt is a 15-yard penalty. Not sanitizing food-contact surfaces before, during, and after prepping raw vegetables and meat is going to
create challenges for your coaching staff. Disposable sanitizing wipes are convenient, fast, and effective at home to prevent cross-contamination that may cause foodborne illnesses.
Two hours is the maximum time foods should be kept at room temperature. Just one bacterium, doubling every 20 minutes, could grow to over 2 million bacteria in seven hours! Don’t hesitate – refrigerate at 41°F or colder. Meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, pasta, rice, beans and cooked vegetables should be consumed in 2 hours or place them in refrigerator. Refrigerate salads with meat/fish/chicken/seafood, fresh-cut fruits until used.
Pre-moistened sanitizer wipes are the smartest way to maintain clean and sanitary hands and surfaces when every second counts.
foods right away if you won’t be eating them within two hours after buying. For large quantities, divide food into loosely covered shallow containers before refrigerating and then cover tightly when cool. If you leave your pizza and other perishable foods at room temperature for more than two hours, you will be moving back 15 yards.
Delay of game
Plan to eat take-out foods and leftovers within a day (Monday) for greater safety and quality.
Don’t reheat take-out food in its original container in the microwave, unless the container is described as safe for microwave use. Reheat all foods to 165°F. Use a food thermometer and proper utensils.
Illegal use of hands
Provide hand sanitizing wipes before, during, and after preparing or handling food. Wash your hands as many times as you can when preparing/handling food items – especially ready to eat food items.
You can’t see, smell, or taste bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. It takes from half an hour to two or more weeks before you get sick from contaminated food. Sometimes it’s hard to know if food has been handled safely. If you are not sure, throw it away. No delays allowed.
Hike – Wash, Wipe, Refrigerate, Toss, OMAHA Hut!
Notes: A cooler well packed with ice or frozen gel packs is a practical alternative to a refrigerator. Keep the cooler in the shade. After food comes out of the cooler, remember the two-hour rule. Keep it at 41°F or below. Use a chafing dish, warming tray, steam table, slow cooking pot or a place on the side of the cooking grill. Keep it at 140°F or higher.
ENJOY THE BIG GAME!
Super Bowl LI is in Houston!
Football photo: courtesy Wilson.com