5 Common Food Safety Myths Exposed

Food Safety

Food SafetyProper and safe food preparation, handling and cooking start with the right information. This is important, as you increase your chances of contracting foodborne illnesses. Here are the five of the most common food safety myths you should stop believing.

Food Safety Myth #1: If the food looks and smells fine, you can eat it

This is false. While a bad taste or smell indicates that the food is bad, they’re not 100% indications of potential food poisoning. However, you must always refer to the ‘consume by’ date as well as its storage instructions.

Food Safety Myth #2: You will get sick if you eat food past its ‘use by’ date

True. The ‘consume by’ or ‘use by’ date indicates how long it’s safe to eat food. You can see these all on the food packaging and they’re actually based on scientific testing. The Australian Institute of Accreditation added that if you were running a restaurant business, the help of an expert with a food-handling certificate would truly help.

Food Safety Myth #3: You can eat food past its ‘best before’ date

True again. These dates are about the quality of the food and not its safety. They’re typically marked on food that has a long shelf life. Although you could safely eat food past its ‘best before’ date, take note that it might have already started losing its texture, flavour and colour.

Food Safety Myth #4: It’s safe to cook raw chicken without washing it

This is surprisingly true. While raw chicken will harbour bacteria, washing alone won’t eliminate it. According to studies, washing could actually increase the risk of spreading bacteria onto your hands, kitchen equipment, work surfaces, and clothing through water droplets from washing the raw chicken. Only thorough cooking will eliminate bacteria.

Food Safety Myth #5: Food poisoning isn’t that serious

False. While the majority of food poisoning cases are mild and only lasts for a day or so, some cases could be tremendously severe, even fatal. Fortunately, fatal food poisoning cases are rare — with over 4.1 million food poisoning cases every year in the country.

Remember, correct food safety information is necessary to prevent food poisoning. And simply because you grew up preparing and cooking food in a certain way, it doesn’t mean it’s the safe way.