Baking Safety Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses
While baking has remained on the top 5 list of American’s favorite hobbies, it is responsible for hundreds of cases of foodborne illnesses. However, this pastime can be enjoyed safely while following a few simple, cautionary tips. As one National Food Poisoning Lawyer has stated, “American individuals, as well as others across the world, can remain safe by following these few, simple tips”.
Sanitation in the kitchen
All surfaces and utensils should be thoroughly disinfected with hot, soapy water or antibacterial cleaners to avoid contamination. Be sure to wash hands for at least 20 seconds, before beginning the recipe and after handling ingredients such as eggs or raw meat, prior to continuing the recipe.
Obtaining correct temperatures while baking is relatively simple, due to the controlled environment an oven provides. Nevertheless, temperatures of egg dishes, seafood, poultry and meat products should be monitored carefully to prevent foodborne illness. Ground meat and meat mixtures must reach an internal temperature of 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the type of meat. Fresh beef, veal, lamb, pork and ham must have an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit before being consumed safely, as well as eggs and egg dishes which must reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit of an internal temperature, or until the yoke is white and firm. Also, hot foods should not be kept lower than 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold foods should never reach a higher temperature than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This could cause growth of dangerous bacteria, such as Salmonella or E. coli.
No consumption of raw or pre-cooked doughs
Chocolate-chip cookie dough is a common snack among American individuals but poses a large risk along with raw meats. Salmonella is the most common foodborne illness acquired from consumption of pre-cooked doughs, hosted by the eggs. Individuals whom consume raw meats are at a high risk of becoming infected with Listeriosis, or a number of other foodborne illnesses. Do not consume pre-cooked dough or any raw meats.
Americans can continue to enjoy their favorite pastime of baking while remaining safe and healthy from foodborne illnesses by following these simple, practical baking tips.