Today, I have a very special post for you all, as well as Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon.
I cannot stress enough talking about food safety in the kitchen and around your home. It is a huge part of my life that I take very seriously.
That’s why I partnered with the nonprofit Partnership for Food Safety Education so I could help increase awareness. As well as interest, and understanding among families.
The US food supply is among the safest in the world, however, organisms that you can’t see, smell, or taste – bacteria, viruses, and tiny parasites – are everywhere in the environment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Each year, 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country can be traced to foodborne pathogens.
That number is just astonishing to me in the most horrific way that roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne diseases each year.
Foodborne illness costs Americans billions of dollars each year. It also serves as a constant challenge for consumers, researchers, government, and industry.
The Food and Drug Administration estimates that two to three percent of all foodborne illnesses lead to serious secondary long-term illnesses.
For example, certain strains of E.coli can cause kidney failure in young children and infants; Salmonella can lead to reactive arthritis and serious infections;
Listeria can cause meningitis and stillbirths; and Campylobacter may be the most common precipitating factor for a debilitating disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome.
It is extremely necessary to Fight BAC! And know the Core Four safety practices: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.
My kids are already trained from when they were toddlers about the importance of food safety.
They were cooking with me from such a young age, so that was a priority for me as a mother. As the main food chief of the house, my job is to teach them the importance of food safety.
Fortunately, we have never been sick from any kind of serious food poisoning.
I am extremely thankful for that. With that being said, it is up to you to pass the food safety information on to your kids. Well, to educate yourself as well.
In my opinion, seeking information to educate yourself or your children to prevent sickness is the greatest gift that you can give yourself and your loved ones.
Even with this dish, as it is simple as it sounds, you could potentially harm yourself by not following basic food safety rules.
For example, cutting bacon and fresh produce on the same board. Not washing your hands, utensils, knives, or board, not using separate boards to chop. Also, slice meat and produce, leaving uncooked, uncured bacon on the countertops, etc.
Another thing that should be mentioned that you might not even know:
Illness-causing bacteria can grow rapidly when perishable foods are left in the danger zone — between 40°F and 140°F. Always refrigerate foods in a timely matter.
Cooked bacon should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature. Bacteria can survive in many places, including in your hands. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling food.
When I see their faces with a slight smile on their face I know that a meal prepared with my own hands is very much enjoyed.
For me, love could be shown in many ways, and I show my love with a hug and warm food on the table.
If you make my Southern Green beans and New Potatoes with Bacon, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking.
NOTE: Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from -all other foods at the grocery store and in the refrigerator.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education. All opinions, pictures, and content have been done by me, in my own words.