Restaurant and Take-Out Food Safety

Restaurant and Take-Out Food Safety

These days, many people eat out or take home ready-made meals. Eating in a restaurant, cafeteria or a fast-food place can be safe and fun. But you should take steps to be sure your food is safe. Follow these simple rules for food safety.

If you leave food out for more than two hours, throw it away. Germs that make food go bad can grow if you don’t keep food at the right temperature. Store food in the fridge or freezer or in the oven/stove.

*Keep hot foods in the oven/stove at 145 degrees F/63 degrees C or higher.

*Keep cold foods at 40 degrees F/4 degrees C or lower in the fridge or freezer.

What are the safety rules for hot food?

When you buy hot cooked food, eat it within two hours or keep it heating in the oven at 165 degrees F/74 degrees C or higher. That will keep germs from growing.

What are the safety rules for cold food?

Cold food should also be eaten within two hours or put in the fridge or freezer for later.

How should I reheat a meal?

Follow these rules for meals you buy hot or cold.

*Heat food until it is hot and steaming (at least to 165 degrees F/74 degrees C.

*Bring gravy to a rolling boil.

*When reheating food in a microwave, cover the food and stir it for even cooking. Turn the dish by hand once or twice while cooking. Turn the dish by hand once or twice while cooking. Cold spot let germs live and can make you sick.

What if I’s eating at a restaurant?

*See if a restaurant looks clean before you even sit down. If the restaurant does not look clean to you, you should eat somewhere else.

*Always order your food fully cooked, especially meat, poultry, fish and eggs. That’s what kills germs. When your hot meal comes, make sure it’s very hot and thoroughly cooked before you eat it. If it’s not, send it back.

*Don’t eat eggs that are raw or not fully cooked. These can hide in Caesar salads, custards and some sauces.

*Don’t eat raw oysters.

What about the doggie bag?

Be careful with leftovers. Will you get home within two hours after you meal? If not, leave the leftovers behind.

Your car can get very warm inside. Germs can grow fast. It is best to take your food home right away. That way, your leftovers can go safely into the fridge. A good rule is when in doubt, throw it out!

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the FDA Office of Women’s Health. Please call the above numbers or see their websites for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Restaurant and Take-Out Food Safety

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call or email the above numbers for more information.

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