Food Safety Mistakes: Stop Making them Right Now

Food Safety Mistakes: Stop Making them Right Now Gorgonzola Blue Mold Cheese with grapes, nuts and Poha Fruits

A lot of our food habits are based around the idea of a healthy experience. We all know to wash our hands before we eat, right? But there are some food safety mistakes we sometimes tend to ignore, even though we shouldn’t.

The rules for eating in order to keep ourselves healthy are repeated over and over during our childhoods. Of course, our parents want us to be as healthy as possible and maybe have as few visits to the ER as they can. But sometimes, when we go out into the world on our own, we start to slip a little. We enjoy having the freedom to do whatever we want and we let go of the rules out of a pure sense of rebellion.

We feel like these things are not that serious and it won’t hurt us if we have some street food with unclean hands or eat something off the floor as long as it’s been there for the appropriate amount of time. Ready for a very stupid ‘5-second rule’ joke that I unabashedly adore?

Please don’t stop reading the article because of my sense of humor. So, let’s move on quickly and see what food safety mistakes you might be making.

5 food safety mistakes to be aware of and let go

1. Eating last night’s pizza for breakfast

Who among us hasn’t done this? You order a whole pizza and then you end up having the two leftover slices for breakfast. And that happens after leaving the pizza out all night. Well, you really shouldn’t to that. The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) recommends that no food that has been left out for more than two hours should be eaten. So why would we think that a box of pizza is different? Bacteria can still grow on your olives and salami. So just put the pizza in the refrigerator, for safety’s sake.

Food Safety Mistakes: Stop Making them Right Now

if you plan on having leftover pizza for breakfast, don’t forget to refrigerate it.

2. The 5-second rule

Since I added that jokey tweet earlier, let’s talk about the 5-second rule seriously for a few moments. Donald Schaffner, a food science professor at Rutgers University, tested this rule out. The bottom line? The more time the food stays on the floor, the more bacteria it accumulates, so that part seems to be true. But, honestly, no matter how long it stayed there, your food will still accumulate some bacteria and be a little risky for consumption.

3. Not washing your fruit and veggies

This should be a no-brainer, but let’s face it: we all probably took some fruit with us on a hiking trip and ate an apple while watching a gorgeous sunset, not being too worried about not washing this one fruit this one time. Still! Trust us, it can be dangerous.

Or say that you’re cutting into a fruit whose skin you’ll know you’ll get rid of, so you don’t feel the need to wash it. Think again! Because the knife that pierces said skin touches the outer layer of the fruit or veggie and traces it with it to the insides of the produce. So, run everything under cool water. if you’re out in nature, then use your water bottle.

Food Safety Mistakes: Stop Making them Right Now

Washing your fruits and vegetables, even if you plan on discarding the skin is non-negotiable.

4. You grill the meat and put it back on the same plate

This is something that happens way too often. I used to do this, too. Or maybe I rinsed the plate a little. But even that is not enough. The cooked meat should not end up on the same plate the raw meat was on. Because some of those meats contain pathogens and they can easily transfer from the meat juice to the grilled steak.

And you should know that the origin of the meat is irrelevant in this case. There’re bacteria everywhere.

5. You eat the cheese after removing the mold

This mistake sort of makes sense, too. Don’t all of these food safety mistakes, after all? Especially since there are moldy cheeses you can buy and eat without trouble. But most cheeses that form molds shouldn’t really be eaten anymore. You can only remove the mold – and just a bit more of the cheese around it to make sure you’re as safe as possible – off hard cheeses. They’re the only ones who are still good to eat.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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