4 of 5 of food poisoning cases, the attack happens at home. here are a 10 dirtiest foods and how to protect yourself at the supermarket and your dinner table.
Look for birds labeled “free range,” which are given more room to roost and are usually slaughtered in smaller numbers, present a potentially safer option.
To help prevent foodborne illness, bypass rinsing your raw bird in the sink, and instead put it directly into a baking dish or pan. If you used a cutting board, clean it (and the knife) with a mild, dilute bleach solution. As for your heat treatment, cook breasts and other cuts until the temperature hits 180°F.
Find a grocery store that sells irradiated ground beef – the package will bear the words “treated by irradiation.” The amount of induced radioactivity is 200,000 times smaller than the level of radioactivity naturally present in all foods.
Add fresh oregano to your burgers and meat loaf. A mixed a variety of common household spices into ground beef to test their antibacterial properties, oregano tested as one of the best at wiping out E. coli. Use at least 1 tablespoon per pound of meat. Just as important, flatten your patties – thick burgers will char on the outside before the interior reaches the required 160°F.
Hunt for organic turkey, which have no antibiotics which have encouraged the rise of resistant bacteria. Make sure this and other meat products (beef and chicken) are slipped into its own plastic bag and then placed in a meat-only shopping bag. Otherwise, meat drippings might contaminate other groceries.
Immediately retire to the dishwasher any platter that has come in contact with raw ground turkey. Serve cooked turkey burgers (180°F) on a clean plate. And wipe up any spillage with a paper towel instead of a sponge.
Oysters can contain the norovirus (a pathogen notorious for nixing ocean cruises), Campylobacter, and Vibrio vulnificus. Buy from the same beds that a chef stakes his reputation on.
At home, eat only thoroughly cooked oysters.
Check the egg cartons for “pasteurized” and four numbers: the expiration date. Then remove each egg and look for cracks; germs can enter after pasteurization.
Keep the eggs in their carton and stow it in the coldest part of your fridge (usually the back of the lowest shelf). After you crack one open, wash your hands. 60 percent of people failed to wash their hands after handling raw eggs. Cook your eggs thoroughly or, if they’re an ingredient in a dish, to 160°F.
Dents or bruising on the fruit can provide a path in for pathogens.
Because cantaloupe grows on the ground and has a netted exterior, it’s easy for Salmonella to sneak on, and once on, it’s hard to clean off. Scrub the fruit with a dab of mild dishwashing liquid for 15 to 30 seconds under running water. And make sure you buy a scrub brush that you use exclusively to clean fruits and vegetables; otherwise, it could become cross-contaminated.
Peaches (apples, pears, grapes, green beans)
Fill your plastic produce bag with peaches that wear a “USDA Organic” sticker. And since apples, grapes, pears, and green beans occupy top spots on the Toxicity Index, too, you may want to opt for organic here as well. Just know that organic produce also contains some pesticide residues, but in minuscule amounts.
A lot of produce has a natural wax coating that holds pesticides, so wash with a sponge or scrub brush and a dab of mild dishwashing detergent. This can eliminate more than half of the residues. Play it extra safe, and wash and pare peaches, apples, and pears.
Rinse salad greens one leaf at a time under running water before eating.
The most likely source of Listeria-contaminated cold cuts is the deli slicer. Without regular cleaning, the blade can transfer bacteria from roast beef to turkey to pastrami and back. Meats that rotate through a deli quickly have less opportunity to bloom with Listeria.
Trash whatever meat you haven’t eaten in a week. When you’re ready to build your sandwich, slather on the mustard.
Buy refrigerated scallions; room temperature can trigger a bacterial explosion.
Turn on your faucet full force to blast away visible dirt. As you rinse, remove the outer sheath to expose lingering microorganisms, but realize that any step short of thorough cooking is only a partial solution.
read article on Yahoo! Health by Bill Phillips and the Editors of Men’s Health: The 10 Dirtiest Foods You’re Eating