Be Food Safety Aware this Halloween
Halloween can bring many scares, but don’t let one of those scares be food illness. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or bringing children 'trick-or-treating', educating yourself on the proper food safety practices will help prevent foodborne illness.
- Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-made goods he or she may have received.
- Choking hazards: If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard sweets, or small toys.
Hosting a Halloween Party?
- Halloween games - Bobbing for apples is an all-time favourite Halloween game. Here are a couple of ways to say “boo” to bacteria that can cause food borne illness.
- Reduce the number of bacteria that might be present on apples and other raw fruits and vegetables by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water.
- Give children a fresh apple for participating.
- Unpasteurised juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. Always serve pasteurised products for parties.
- Don't taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contain uncooked eggs – no matter how tempting!!
- Keep all perishable foods refrigerated until serving. These include sandwiches, cheese platters, salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings.
- Your fridge should always be kept below 5° Celsius.
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