Cook and Chill

How to help ensure your families fresh foods are kept safe.

Cook and Chill

Do you own a digital meat thermometer? Only 32% of Canadians do, yet as Lynn Wilcott, of the BC Centre for Disease Control explains, using one when cooking meat, poultry, fish and seafood can help keep your family from getting sick “Any raw animal foods can be contaminated with pathogens. Those are disease causing mico-organisms, and we want to make sure we use a meat thermometer to make sure than we reach a high enough temperature so that we kill those organisms.”It’s also important to keep foods cold. So check that your freezer is set at –18ºCelsius and your fridge is set at 4º Celsius. “A lot of people don’t always check their refrigerator for what temperature it is and the warmer that your refrigerator is, the more likely that if there are pathogens in any foods in your fridge, they’re going to be able to grow. The more pathogens that are there, the higher likelihood that they’re going to be able to make you sick.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Lynn Wilcott, of the BC Centre for Disease Control. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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