Beach Food Safety Tips

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Going to the beach? While preparing for the heat on your body – also plan on the effects of heat on your food.

Foodborne illnesses increase during the summer because not only does bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures, but preparing food outdoors makes safe food handling more challenging.

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Foodborne Bacteria Types

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Bacteria are a member of a large group of unicellular microorganisms – some of which can cause human disease. Although most bacteria are harmless or often beneficial, some bacteria are pathogenic, or those that can pose a threat to human health or cause illness.

Bacteria and viruses are responsible for most foodborne illnesses and are the biggest threat to food safety.

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Foodborne Illness Basics

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Foodborne illness is a common – yet preventable – public health problem. Ensuring food safety is increasingly more important as food trends change along with the globalization of our food supply.

To prevent foodborne illness, it is necessary to understand how food becomes unsafe to eat and what proactive measures can be taken.

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Pork Food Safety

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Pork requires the safe preparation, cooking temperature, and proper storage of leftovers in order to prevent food illness. The USDA recommends cooking pork to a minimum cooking temperature of 145°F – as measured with a food thermometer – in order to kill any pathogens.

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Turkey Food Safety

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Raw poultry (turkey, chicken, duck, goose, quail, etc.) may contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. Proper preparation, cooking, and storage procedures must be followed – or a foodborne illness can occur.

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Basics of Food Safety

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Following good food safety habits can help protect you and your family from food illness. To keep your family safe from food illness, follow these four simple steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill:

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How to Get a Texas Food Handler’s Card

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A food handler is a person who is employed to handle food. This includes the preparation, storage, production, distribution, packaging and service of food. Get your Food Handler’s Card through our Food Handling Training Program.

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How to report a food problem

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Found a problem with your food? If you suspect that a food product is contaminated or has made you or someone that you know sick, follow these guidelines to report it.

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