Summary: Be Safe in Your Kitchen: How to Avoid Cross-Contamination of Food and Food Allergy Triggers
Common Food Allergens
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Don't eat or drink while cooking- cross-contamination occurs when touching glasses or eating food
- Use one cutting board for each food group- raw beef, raw poultry, produce, dry goods; wash thoroughly after each use
- Use lots of towels- disposable are best; one for hand wiping, one for wiping countertops, and don't wipe hands on aprons
- Wash your hands - after handling potentially hazardous foods, coughing, sneezing, smoking, restroom breaks, eating, drinking; before eating and handling foods; before grabbing food out of a container
Cooking for Food Allergies
- Don't cook items side-by-side. Food may splatter and cross-contaminate.
- Store foods individually wrapped and sealed.
- Store nuts separately from other food and buy only what you need.
- Use specific color -designated knives and cutting boards for each allergenic food.
- Properly sanitize dishes to avoid contamination and designate specific dishes to be used only by the food-allergic person.
- Clean equipment thoroughly - all pots and pans should be cleaned, dried and stored properly.
- Clean kitchen surfaces - don't forget front edges of countertops and drawer handles/knobs.
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