April 2009 Issue

Food Recalls Got You Worried? Spring-Clean Your Kitchen To Make It Safer

Many of us take the safety of our food for granted—until a nationwide outbreak of foodborne illness occurs, or there’s a major food recall. Sometimes you can fault food growers (as with previous outbreaks involving lettuce and jalapeño peppers) and sometimes it’s the fault of manufacturers (as with the recent Salmonella contamination of peanuts originating at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Georgia). While you don’t have control over food safty recalls, you can control how you handle and store the food in your own kitchen. The good news is that you can change potentially dangerous habits and eat more safely—as well as avoid panicking over things that don’t involve safety. And it all starts with how you store your food. So while you’re ridding your cupboards of peanut products on the recall list (check the list at www.fda.gov/salmonella; note that major brands of peanut butter are not affected), why not overhaul the storage procedures of your entire kitchen—cupboards, pantry, refrigerator and freezer? EN is here to help, with hints and tips to keep you organized and your food safe.

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