For Your Safety

Know how to keep food clean and safe

What is contamination?

Food doesn't need poison to be dangerous. There are hundreds of bacteria living on the food we eat, and some of them happen to be the source of many diseases. But with proper sanitation techniques. You can keep every meal you make safe for everyone to enjoy.


Without practicing sanitation, your meals can become contaminated by pathogens and give someone a disease. Any infectious organism that causes disease is called a pathogen. Below are three examples of pathogens and where they are found.


Preventing contamination is simple, but you must always use sanitation techniques for every dish you make. It only takes one meal to make someone ill, and because we need meals every day, you must commit these steps to a routine.


Cooking does more than make delicious meals. It kills off pathogens inside food, purifying it and making it safe to eat. Freezing food will also kill bacteria. But even the most preserved meal will expire, so keep your ingredients fresh.

Hand washing

This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent contamination. As we touch everything with our hands, they are the source of most pathogens. Use hot water and soap for at least 15 seconds. Remember to use paper towels to leave the sink, or you will be recontaminated.


It should be obvious, but always clean up after a meal. Any surface can contain pathogens, especially the ones we make the most contact with. Wipe every surface with a cleaning solution, and wash your dishes with dish soap and water.

Cross Contamination

A contaminated item can spread pathogens through physical contact. While it might be okay as long as both foods are sanitized afterwards,the best way to prevent this is to keep foods separate, as shown in this chart.
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When you're working with sharp objects, hot surfaces, and electric appliances, you need to know how to handle them properly.
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There are different knives for different tasks. Choose the right knife and keep the knife pointing away from the body. Knives require maintenance.