USDA: Top Five Food Safety Mistakes
Are your cooking habits up to par?
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently completed an interesting observational study in which participants in a test kitchen were recorded to see if they handled food safely while cooking. Here are the top five food safety mistakes that were recorded:
- Participants failed to successfully wash their hands 97% of the time they should have. Of the 1,195 recorded points when handwashing was necessary to control possible bacteria, these would-be cooks failed 1,150 times.
- 48% of participants cross-contaminated spice containers due to lack of handwashing.
- 5% of those in the study transferred bacteria to salads.
- 66% of the cooks didn’t use a food thermometer while preparing turkey burgers. Some used color and feel instead to determine if the burgers were safe to eat.
- When the participants did use a thermometer, 45% didn’t cook the turkey burger to the minimum safe internal temperature of 165º.
The good news is that the USDA has food safety help at AskKaren.gov.