September is National Food Safety Education Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food.
Follow these tips from the CDC to protect yourself and your loved ones from foodborne illness:
- Clean: Wash hands, utensils, and kitchen surfaces often when you cook. Germs are everywhere.
- Separate: Keep fresh produce separate from raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Use separate cutting boards and plates.
- Cook: Always use a food thermometer to know when food is safely cooked.
- Chill: Refrigerate perishable food and leftovers within two hours.
DHEC plays an important part in South Carolina’s food safety, including inspections, food grades, and education. Visit https://scdhec.gov/food-safety to learn more about DHEC’s role.