Five Hygiene & Food Safety Tips When Shopping While You Are Pregnant
During your pregnancy, you are likely maintaining a well-balanced to ensure that you and baby get the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Equally as important is following strict hygiene measures when shopping for, storing and preparing food; starting with shopping only at centers certified against food safety standards, and keeping the following tips in mind:
- Choose your food with care! Never purchase any of the following:
- Bloated canned goods that are leaking.
- Products with damaged or tampered packaging.
- Broken eggs.
- Frozen goods or foods that have been left outside the fridge or freezer.
- Rotten foods.
- Uncovered ready meals.
- Bacteria will flourish and multiply faster on specific types of food. High-risk foods include:
- Raw and cooked meat and chicken, as well as foods that include these ingredients.
- Dairy products like custard pies and cheese.
- Eggs, and egg-based products such as mousse.
- Processed meats such as bacon and salami.
- Seafood salads or pies, fish balls, or foods with similar ingredients.
- Cooked rice and Pasta.
- Cabbage salad, pasta salad, and rice salad.
- Mixed fruit salads.
- Fast foods, sandwiches or pizzas containing any of the ingredients mentioned above.
All high-risk foods should be kept out of the dangerous temperature range (5 to 60 degrees Celsius). Either store it at 5 degrees or less, or 60 and over. Reduce the time food is exposed to the dangerous temperature range by packing it properly and transporting it home at once. As soon as you get home, pack away frozen foods in the freezer.
- Always check the expiry dates:
All nondurable goods should always be checked for expiry date. The “Use” date indicates the period for product consumption. The phrase “best before” indicated the date before which food item purchased will be ideal, and after which the product cannot be sold or consumed.
So plan your shopping trip meticulously
- Visit the frozen goods section at or near the end of your shopping trip.
- Pick up chicken and cooked foods at the end of your shopping trip and keep them separated from frozen goods.
- Prevent any meats (fish, beef, or chicken) from leaking into other items.
- Make sure that employees are using different clean plastic gloves to handle separate food items.
- Wash any plastic bags before reusing them, especially if any food leaked or spilled in them.
- While shopping, don’t forget to sanitize your hands every now and then with Dettol’s antibacterial sanitizer to prevent germs traveling from different surfaces that your hands come in touch with.
- Once at home, make sure that all vegetables and fruits are thoroughly washed and dried before placing them in the refrigerator, and prior to consumption.
- Ensure the cleanliness of your storage containers before storing food in them. Lastly, wash the sink and any surfaces you will use ahead of preparing your food on them.
- Please contact your physician for any food-safety related questions during your pregnancy.
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