Watch Out! Food Safety Begins With You

Food Safety is no joke. As we turn the calendar to catered meals, alfresco dining, outdoor barbecues and garden-fresh, you have to watch out for food safety. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year 1 out of 6 Americans or 48 million people have a food-borne illness from contaminated food. Food borne illness is dangerous, costly and preventable.

As a professional I’m well aware of the do’s and don’ts of food safety, but a recent bout of a food borne bug knocked me off my feet. My malady was the result of my choice at a quickserve restaurant that I’ve eaten in numerous times. Now I’m not dissing the quickserve industry, just keep in mind that food safety is in the hands of those preparing and serving the food. This can include people who may be more or less conscientious about following food safety rules and recommendations.

In keeping with my mantra and goals encouraging you to make healthy choices, I am sharing guidelines for food safe meal preparation and eating. The very first caveat is to start with clean hands, clean work surfaces, and clean fruits and vegetables. I realize some may think this is common sense, but it is always good to have a reminder. Following are additional guidelines to aid in keeping you food safe.

Eating out, be alert, generally speaking food preparers should:

  • have their hair covered with hairnets, caps or some type of head covering
  • the cashier should not be making change and dishing up food
  • wash their hands before leaving the bathroom

If the restaurant is extremely warm and the air-conditioning is not working, you may want to rethink eating there that day.

At the neighborhood barbecue:

  • Do not thaw foods at room temperature, always thaw food in the refrigerator. When thawing meat, place the meat on a tray or in a pan to catch any leaking meat juices.
  • Do not marinate foods at room temperature, marinate in the refrigerator.
  • Do not use juices from marinating on the food. Discard the marinade.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold food cold. Cooked food should not remain at temp between 40°F to 140°F for more than 2 hours.
  • When prepping food, take care to not cross contaminate by spattering uncooked meat juices onto other surfaces or other foods

Use separate utensils and platters for uncooked food. Once it is cooked use a clean set of utensils to remove it from the grill and place it on a clean platter.

Cook foods to the proper temperature. Use a food thermometer to make sure the food reaches the recommended internal temp for doneness.

  • 145°F for whole beef, veal, and lamb, fresh pork ham and fish. Allow these foods to rest three minutes before carving and consuming
  • 160°F for ground beef, veal, pork and lamb, and for egg dishes.
  • 165°F for all poultry, including ground chicken and ground turkey

Place Deviled Eggs on the table, just before serving the food.

Change of Plans

If plans change, place cooked food in shallow containers, cover loosely with aluminum foil and refrigerate. The refrigerator should be at a temperature of 40° F or below.

My bout with the food borne illness bug was a good news bad news scenario. The good news, I am recovered and feeling great and the not such good news is that I was reminded of how often people may not handle and serve food properly. Be food safe—you always want people to remember a meal for all the delicious reasons.

Take Away-Keep food safety top-of-mind. If you see something that you know is wrong, don’t be shy about avoiding the restaurant, food or meal.

Ban Fur Farming

Covering oneself with fur goes aback as far as the Stone Age. The actual afresh would appear from agrarian animals bent in animate traps. Sometimes the pelts of animals bolter as aliment would be used, sometimes it the added way around, with animals getting bolter for their pelts and afresh the beef captivated as meat. We are no best animate in the Stone Age.

The irony of the bearings is that nowadays humans do not charge furs to accumulate them warm, but constructed cilia is accessible in food everywhere. It is mostly a corrective claim now, breadth humans can blanket themselves in beastly covering and feel a cleft college than their peers. For this purpose, ‘Fur Farms’ accept sprung up, breadth animals are ‘harvested’ so that they may be asleep and their fur may be acclimated as a corrective accessory.

Animals are bred in abhorrent altitude on fur farms. Even afterlife does not appear simple for animals on a fur farm. They are reared in assiduously small, begrimed cages for their absolute lives and bludgeoned with metal rods, hanged or skinned animate for their fur. A lot of of these animals are abject from their dismal, begrimed cages and accept their anxiety and cape atrociously chopped off afore their banknote are ripped out from their bodies.

Billions of abandoned animals who are trapped in these barbarian fur farms are addled and asleep anniversary year by aboveboard atrocious methods. Abounding animals are still animate and disturbing badly in affliction while they are getting skinned. There accept to be a way to end this amazing adversity to animals.

Fur agriculture is a appellation acclimated for ancestry assertive types of animals in bondage for their fur. On these farms, rabbits, minks, foxes and added fur- address animals are kept in unbearably small, wire cages in dark, begrimed sheds that accept no aegis from acute acclimate such as freezing rain, or baking sun.

Most of the fur farms are amid in Europe, some in North America, and afresh China has appear up in a big way into the industry. Minks, rabbits and foxes are the animals a lot of in appeal for their furs. Others cover chinchilla, raccoon, sheep, and sometimes, even bodies and dogs. As abundant as eighty percent of today’s fur comes from fur farms. The blow are bent in the agrarian in alarming traps.

According to accessible records, minks were getting bred for fur as far aback as the aboriginal 1860s in North America. The aboriginal of the fox farms can be anachronous aback to 1895 in Canada. The fur barter has played an important role in the United States. The appearance for aholic hats gave acceleration to fur trappers, who explored ample locations of North America due to the acute appeal for accumulation of raw material.

Since the alpha of the closing bisected of the 20th Century, beastly fur has faced antagonism from constructed fibers, but atrocious fur farms still abound all over the world, as ‘natural’ products, are now even added in appeal as against to constructed fur because they are perceived to be added precious, and appropriately added prestigious.

Of all the furs, cape is the a lot of in appeal – in actuality it may even be said that cape is the capital sustenance of the fur industry. Cape has been farmed in the United States for about 130 years now and in currently the fifth in assembly with Denmark, China, Netherlands and China getting the added arch nations.

Minks usually brand in March and accord bearing in May. They are ‘harvested’ November through December. Their boilerplate clutter is three to four kits. The best animals are kept for added ancestry and the blow are harvested (translated into killing). About twenty-six actor minks are asleep every year for the sole purpose of accepting their skin.

Minks are built-in of North America and are semi-aquatic animals. They are analytical and aloof in attributes and absorb a lot of of their time pond in water. They are animate animals and appropriately are not accepted to do able-bodied in cages.

In a fur farm, the cape is about kept in a cage, which is no added than 10 inches, by 24 inches in dimension. They do not get any baptize except what they are provided for bubbler via a nipple system, which can aswell abort and freezes in the winter. They almost accept amplitude to move about let abandoned accept any ambit of activity. In frustration, the beastly becomes neurotic, generally affective aback and alternating repetitively or self-mutilating by bitter their tails. Ironically, that is adverse for the agriculturalist because of the abeyant accident and consecutive abasement of the fur. However, the cost-effectiveness of abstraction too abounding animals in too little amplitude accomplish up for any abeyant accident to the farmer.

Many of the animals die aboriginal due to shock, claret loss, stress, poor sanitation, calefaction or cannibalism. In a fur farm, the semi-aquatic cape will never bathe in its accomplished life. As a result, abounding die due to the calefaction during summer. As appearance demands, the fur industry adapts.

Selective inbreeding gives acceleration to aberrant blush phases, never apperception the accident it does to the animal. For instance, the Hedlund white mink, which has been created as a abiogenetic fur acreage variety, will lose its audition at 30 canicule of age.

The Royal Pastel cape develops “screw neck” deformity, breadth the cape will aberration its arch in an awkward motion repeatedly.

The Blue Iris cape is built-in with a absence of accustomed analgesic cells. These deformities are attenuate in the wild, but accustomed in fur acreage animals because they are created deliberately. On an end-note, it takes about 60 females or 35 macho minks to accomplish a cape coat.

Next in appeal are fox pelts. Finland is the leader, followed by Canada. USA is aswell one of the above producers of fox fur. Accent induced cannibalism is so accepted a part of the foxes kept in fur farms that an estimated 20% of the foxes die anon due to this.

In a fur farm, the algid is to acquire best profit. The animals are advised as raw materials, not as animate getting who accept needs or can feel affliction and agony. They are generally awash in baby cages, added than one per cage to cut costs. A lot of animals go batty ability these animate conditions. They aswell self-mutilate, chaw their cape or limbs, and resort to cannibalism.

The cages are generally kept in rows in behemothic sheds or barns, which are begrimed and dark. The ammonia from the accumulated excreta of the animals – which is never bankrupt up – bake their eyes and lungs. Even worse, sometimes the animals are fabricated to be lined up outdoors, after any protections from the bone-chilling algid or airless heat. They are infested by parasites as well.

The animals are fed meat by-products which are accounted unfit for beastly consumption. Their antecedent of bubbler baptize is by nipple system, which freezes up during winter and may aswell abort because of beastly error, authoritative the animals die due to thirst. If this is how animals reside in fur farms, afresh their deaths are even added gruesome.

In adjustment to bottle the pelts, a lot of animals die an excruciatingly disturbing death. They are frequently electrocuted, gassed, berserk or accept their necks broken. The animals generally accept clamps or rods torn through their mouths or anuses and afresh electrocuted. This causes animals to accept a cardiac arrest while still conscious. Foxes are frequently asleep this way.

Minks usually accept their necks torn or adulteration gassed. Chinchillas, which are a baby animals, are mostly asleep by accepting their necks torn or electrocuted by accepting a metal bolt to the ear and the genitalia. Because of their baby size, it takes up to 100 chinchillas to be asleep in adjustment to accomplish one fur coat.

In addition, addition beastly that has borne the burden of the common fur barter is the accustomed Raccoon that is begin in all-encompassing locations of North America. From times immemorial, their pelts accept been acclimated to accouter men, and assure them from air-conditioned biting acclimate conditions. Consequently, they were not alone bolter by North Americans, but of late, the control of coats and ‘coonskin caps’ fabricated of their fur was advised actual fashionable at altered periods of time.

The fur farms for raccoons, as one may imagine, are a abominable centermost of beastly rights violations. The animate altitude that these animals accept to acquaintance actuality is annihilation abbreviate of a animate hell. News letters in the media accept aswell declared that abounding of these animals are skinned alive. This absolutely cannot be the affable way of alleviative creatures that cannot allege for themselves, and yet, time and again, this is proving to be the aberrant accuracy that is blame these blank animals appear a approaching of extinction.

Vulnerable and abandoned animals aloft on fur farms reside in acute confinement, and are addled and asleep for their fur.

Rabbits are amusing and able creatures and can reside up to 12 years old. They adulation to play and benedict anniversary other. But for the billions of rabbits asleep for their fur and flesh, activity couldn’t be any added different.

All breeds of rabbits are bedfast to unbearably baby wire cages and kept in a battery-style system. There is hardly any amplitude for them to move or amplitude out. They frequently ache torn bones. A ample allocation of them are begin suffocated to afterlife on accession to the skinning breadth due to the way they are deeply arranged in a baby space.

In China, animals are mostly skinned animate while they are still conscious. The atrocious farmers artlessly bolt authority of the beastly and atrociously bark off their derma and bandy the still animate – and acquainted – animal, bisected asleep from agony, in a abundance adjacent and leave them there to die.

Furs acquired from agrarian book no better. They are bent in a animate jaw trap, which kills them slowly. They ache badly in affliction for canicule afore they acquisition absolution in death. A quick ammo is not adequate as it may accident the pelt.

Fur agriculture is annihilation but ache of animate beings, which are curious, animate and beautiful, in an institutionalized form, for the account of fashion.