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The Importance of Global Food Safety Standards: Ensuring Quality & Public Health


One of my assignments at EMU had us discussing a food safety article, and I selected one that highlighted international trade being an important space to discuss and assess safety from chemicals, physical contaminants, and various microbes (1). A supportive environment is needed for the supply chain to maintain the ability to produce and distribute safe foods, and this environment must be created and maintained to ensure consumers are kept safe. China, Canada, the UK, the US and in Australia/New Zealand were identified as areas that may help China improve their food safety system, thus improving global trade and overall safety.

This is important because global trade at an international level is happening more than ever before. 


Top 5 Tips to Help You Practice Food Safety...

  • WASH HANDS

    • Before handling food use soap and water for 20 seconds or longer when you wash hands

  • AVOID

    • Washing meats

    • Using the same cutting board for meats and vegetables

  • MEAT BELOW PRODUCE

    • Juices from meat containing "bad bacteria" can drip onto your other foods. Place a bowl or plate below them to catch the dripping, and store meat below other food items to avoid getting sick!

  • CLEAN

    • Regularly clean surfaces in your food preparation area, cutting boards and utensils

  • Use a food grade thermometer to check the internal temperature of foods

    • Minimum for Poultry: 165 degrees F (73.9 degrees C)

    • Minimum for Ground Meats: 160 degrees F (71 degrees C)

    • Reheat Leftovers to 165 degrees F (73.9 degrees C)


More food safety advice exists, but these are "weak areas" I see frequently. Feel free to reach out for more information on how you and your family can stay "food safe".


Reference:

1. Ng S, Shao S, Ling N. Food safety risk-assessment systems utilized by China, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. J Food Sci. 2022;87(11):4780-4795. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.16334

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