5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Food Safety

5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Food Safety© iStockphoto / ThinkstockWhen cleaning with bleach less is more.

How much don’t you know about food safety? Find out…

1. Food poisoning is serious business

If you think food poisoning is little more than a mean 24-hour stomach bug, you’re not alone. You’re also wrong. More than 3,000 people in America alone die from foodborne illnesses each year, and many others suffer ongoing health problems that result from food poisoning.

2. A little bit of bleach kills a lot of bacteria

When it comes to disinfecting your countertops with bleach, less is more. One teaspoon of liquid bleach to one quart of water is all you need. Opt for the unscented kind to avoid unnecessary additives.

3. There’s a reason microwave instructions include “standing time”

Letting food sit for a few minutes after microwaving doesn’t just prevent you from burning yourself—it actually allows the food to cook more thoroughly. Food that’s been microwaved continues cooking after the oven shuts off, so take a pause before grabbing the potholders to avoid eating anything underdone.

4. Produce should always be washed—even if it has a peel

The peel or rind of oranges, lemons, bananas, and other produce inevitably comes in contact with the part you’ll be eating—as do any germs or bacteria it holds. To avoid foodborne illnesses, wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water (detergents and soaps can add unsafe chemicals) before preparing or eating.

5. Cooked food isn’t “safe” from bacteria

When food is hot or cold, bacteria can’t survive. But those nasty little organisms love your warm and room temperature leftovers. Serve food while it’s hot and refrigerate anything perishable within two hours of cooking to prevent food poisoning.

Plus: 8 Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Source: FoodSafety.gov

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.