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2 Know how. Know now. 1

3 2 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept. I wish I’d known these things! Questions? Updated November, This is a peer-reviewed publication.

4 3 10 Safety Myths Don’t be “myth”-led! Following are the facts for 10 common food safety myths...

5 4 Myth 1 If it tastes okay, it’s safe to eat.

6 5 Fact 1 Sight Smell Taste Don’t count on these to tell you if a food is safe to eat!

7 6 Estimates of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. each year, about million people become ill 3,000 people die

8 7 Would this many people eat something if they thought it tasted, looked or smelled bad?

9 8 Even if tasting would tell … A “tiny taste” may not protect you. As few as 10 bacteria could cause some foodborne illnesses, such as E. coli! Why risk getting sick?

10 9 Myth 2 If you get sick from eating a food, it was from the last food you ate. OOPS!

11 10 Fact 2 It can take ½ hour to 6 weeks to become sick from unsafe foods.

12 11 You usually feel OK immediately after eating and become sick later.

13 12 Foodborne illness is NOT a pretty picture! Hey guys, I have to throw up!

14 13 Myth 3 The worst that could happen to you with a foodborne illness is an upset stomach.

15 14 Fact 3 Upset stomach Diarrhea Fever Dehydration (sometimes severe) OOPS!

16 15 Less common, but possible severe conditions Paralysis Death Meningitis

17 16 Myth 4 If I’ve never been sick from the food I prepare, I don’t need to worry about feeding it to others.

18 17 Fact 4 Some people have a greater risk for foodborne illnesses. Is the food safe for everyone at the table? A food you can safely eat might make others sick.

19 18 People with a higher risk for foodborne illness Pregnant women Infants Young children and older adults People with weakened immune systems and individuals with certain chronic diseases

20 19 Myth 5 People never used to get sick from their food.

21 20 Fact 5 Many incidents of foodborne illness went undetected in the past.

22 21 Symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea were often, and still are, blamed on the “flu.”

23 22 Foodborne illness vs. flu More common in foodborne illness: Gastrointestinal Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea More common in flu: Respiratory Chest discomfort Cough Nasal congestion Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose

24 23 More reasons for foodborne illnesses than in the past... Bacteria have become more potent over the years.

25 24 Still more reasons... Our food now travels farther with more chances for contamination. In days gone by, the chicken served at supper may have been in the hen house at noon!

26 25 Myth 6 As long as I left the lid on a food that has sat out too long, it is safe to eat.

27 26 Fact 6 Though food may be safe after cooking, it may not be safe later. Just one bacteria in the food can double in 20 minutes!

28 27 How many bacteria will grow from one bacteria left at room temperature for 7 hours?

29 28 2,097,152!

30 29 Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours at a refrigerator temperature of 40°F or lower.

31 30 On a hot day (90°F or higher), food should not sit out for more than one hour.

32 31 Myth 7 If you let a food set out for more than two hours, you can make it safe by heating it really hot!

33 32 Fact 7 Some bacteria, such as Staphylococcus (staph), produce toxins that are not destroyed by high cooking temperatures. Image: Content provider: CDC/Matthew J. Arduino, DRPH, Photo credit: Janice Haney Carr

34 33 Did you know “Staphylococcus” comes from a Greek word meaning “a bunch of grapes?”

35 34 Myth 8 If a hamburger is brown in the middle, it is cooked to a safe internal temperature.

36 35 Fact 8 1 out of 4 hamburgers turns brown before it has been cooked to a safe internal temperature.

37 36 Which ground beef patty is cooked to a safe internal temperature?

38 37 This IS a safely cooked hamburger (internal temperature of 160ºF) even though pink inside. This is NOT a safely cooked hamburger. Though brown inside, it is undercooked.

39 38 Research shows some ground beef patties look done at internal temperatures as low as 135ºF. A temperature of 160ºF is needed to destroy E. coli.

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41 40 How to use a food thermometer 1.Wash thermometer with hot soapy water before and after use. 2.Use before the food is expected to be “done.” 3.Place in the thickest part of the food, not touching bone, fat or gristle. 4.Compare reading to USDA recommended safe minimum internal temperatures.

42 41 USDA has revised its recommended cooking temperature for all whole cuts (steaks, roasts, and chops) of meat, including pork, beef, lamb and veal to 145 °F and then allowing a 3 minute rest time before carving or consuming. 41 Photo courtesy of FSIS/USDA Image Library

43 42 A “rest time” is the amount of time the product remains at the final temperature, after it has been removed from a grill, oven, or other heat source. 42 Photo courtesy of Cattlemen’s Beef Board & National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

44 43 During the 3 minutes after meat is removed from the heat source, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise. This destroys pathogens and produces a product at its best quality. 43

45 44 3 temperatures to remember Ground meats (including ground beef, veal, lamb, & pork): 160 °F with no rest time All poultry (including ground chicken & turkey): 165 °F with no rest time Whole cuts of meat (including pork, beef, lamb, & veal steaks, roasts, & chops): 145 °F with addition of a 3 minute rest time

46 45 Photo courtesy of Cattlemen’s Beef Board & National Cattlemen’s Beef Association This change does NOT apply to ground meats, including ground beef, veal, lamb, and pork, which should be cooked to 160 °F and do not require a rest time.

47 46 Photo courtesy of FSIS/USDA Image Library The safe cooking temperature for all poultry products, including ground chicken and turkey, remains at 165 °F.

48 47 Food thermometers & thin foods On an “instant-read” dial thermometer, the probe must be inserted in the side of the food so the entire sensing area (usually 2-3 inches) is positioned through the center of the food.

49 48 Food thermometers & thin foods When possible, use a digital thermometer to measure the temperature of a thin food. The sensing area is only ½- to 1-inch long and easier to place in the center of the food.

50 49 Digital and dial thermometers in thin foods Digital thermometer Dial thermometer Photo courtesy of the Nebraska Beef Council

51 50 Myth 9 Meat and poultry should be washed before cooking.

52 51 Fact 9 Washing meat and poultry is NOT necessary or recommended.

53 52 Washing increases the danger of cross- contamination, spreading bacteria present on the surface of meat and poultry to: ready-to-eat foods kitchen utensils counter surfaces.

54 53 Cooking meat and poultry to the recommended internal temperature will make them safe to eat.

55 54 Myth 10 We should be scared of eating almost everything!

56 55 Fact 10 “... the American food supply continues to be among the safest in the world.” Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 15, 2006

57 56 Proper food handling helps assure that food is safe to eat. 4 steps to follow...

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59 58 Remember: When in doubt... TOSS IT OUT!!!

60 59 Resources used:  Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The Food Spoilers: Bacteria and Viruses. (Accessed June 15, 2010).  CDC. Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States. (Accessed June 21, 2010).  Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 15, (Accessed June 21, 2010).  USDA. “Is it done yet?” (Accessed June 21, 2010).http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/IsItDoneYet_Magnet.pdf  USDA. Safe Food Handling – How Temperatures Affect Food. (Accessed June 15, 2010).  USDA. Thermometers are Key. (Accessed June 21, 2010).http://origin-  USDA. USDA Revises Recommended Cooking Temperature for All Whole Cuts of Meat, Including Pork, to 145 °F. (Accessed November 28, 2011).http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_052411_01/index.asp  USDA. Why Does USDA Recommend Using a Food Thermometer? (Accessed June 21, 2010).  U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Bad Bug Book: Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook – Onset, Duration, and Symptoms of Foodborne Illness. Available at Toxins/BadBugBook/ucm htm (Accessed June 15, 2010). Toxins/BadBugBook/ucm htm  Source of images: Microsoft Image and Media Library, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Image Library, CDC image library, original graphics created by UNL Lancaster County Extension Office.

61 60 Thank you to the following people for reviewing this slide set...  Julie Albrecht, Ph.D, R.D.  Phil Rooney, Ph.D., CP-FS  Cindy Brison, M.S., R.D.  Zainab Rida, M.S., R.D.  Amy Stalp, Dietetic Student  Vicki Jedlicka, Extension Media Assistant

62 Know how. Know now. 61 Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.


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