Summer safety tips from Experts
Summer Safety Tips From Experts
“I have just completed chemotherapy and it’s summer! I’d like to go swimming to cool myself down. Is it safe to go?”
“How do I store food properly and avoid an upset stomach or food poisoning?”
These are a few of the most commonly encountered problems in summer. Most people are aware of the effects caused by global warming. As the summer heat keeps worsening, hot summer days can be challenging for both healthy individuals and cancer patients. Umi no Shizuku’s interview with Dr. Daisuke Tachikawa, an expert on food safety, discusses safe and healthy food handling, along with summer tips for cancer patients. So you can experience a safe and healthy summer!
Three top tips for summer food safety
Cook your food thoroughly
It is always safest to eat well-cooked foods, especially poultry, eggs, and seafood.
♦ Meat: If you have a kitchen thermometer, cook meat to an internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F), as recommended by the FDA. It’s safe to eat at this temperature. If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, observe the change of color in the meat instead. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, it shouldn’t be pink or red inside. The juices should be transparent when you pierce the thickest part with a fork.
♦ Seafood: Your fish is ready to eat when it is opaque and easy to debone. Shellfish, such as clams and mussels should be boiled until the shells open on their own.
Separate raw and cooked foods
Handle and store cooked and uncooked food such as raw meat and vegetables separately. Raw food often contains viruses and germs that can easily multiply and contaminate cooked food. Depending on the produce (fruits and vegetables) type, you can store them in a perforated plastic bag, zip-top plastic bags, reusable silicone pouches, and airtight containers.
Bringing ingredients home
When shopping your grocery, choose to purchase canned food, rice, or noodles before getting vegetables and fruits — followed by meat and dairy products. We also recommend bringing your own insulated bag with an ice pack to reduce bacterial growth on your fresh ingredients. If you are driving home, try to put your groceries under the front seat instead of the rear compartment.
Here are a few healthy recipe recommendations for the summer, give it a try!
We hope the above tips are helpful to you in beating the summer heat. Don’t forget to stay cool, protect yourself from the sun and stay well hydrated while enjoying the sunshine and summer season! May you and your family have a happy and healthy summer!