At present, most people tend to load loaves of bread in transparent plastic, cereal boxes and other must-haves into the grocery cart without the knowledge that these things already passed through a lot of hands before reaching the shelves.
Did you know that the thin plastic wrap protecting the fresh tomatoes you bought can harbor nonintentional added substances (NIAS)?
A chemical analysis was conducted in some plastic samples that came into contact with food. The results showed that unidentified compounds were part of the samples. The research team found proofs that plastic food wraps, clamshell containers, bags and other drain substances can harm people’s health.
In an article written in Choice.com, it explains that the small molecules found in plastic cans can make its way into the food it seeks to protect. Additionally, plastics may also contain polycarbonate, which can release bisphenol-A (BPA). According to experts, BPA can lead to serious health issues.
PVC, which harmful ingredients include chlorine, can also be found in plastics in jar seals and cling wrap.
Food Safety 101
It is the consumer’s responsibility to make sure that the food they bring on the table is safe.
Here’s what you can do:
- Wash your hands well for 20 seconds with soap and water, before, during, and after whipping up a meal for yourself and loved ones.
- Without you knowing it, germs can thrive in your kitchen. Wash your utensils and cutting boards. Wipe counterparts with soapy, hot water.
- Make sure that fresh fruits and vegetables are clean by washing them under running water.
- When buying, have separate containers for raw meats, poultry, seafood, and their juices.
- Prevent cross-contamination by placing seafood, poultry, and raw meat on different cutting boards.
- Throw away food cans with dents and rust.
- Refrigerate your food if you don’t like it for the next 2 hours.
- Use a food thermometer check to know if the food is hot enough and the germs are gone.
- Know when to throw your food away.
- Frozen items must be reserved at the last part of your trip to the grocery.
- Always make sure that the packaging of poultry or meat is free from tears or leaks.
- Perishables should be refrigerated within two hours.
- Keep meat juices from contaminating other food by securely wrapping perishable food like meat and poultry.
- Consume leftovers within four days.