Habits

Food recalls

Are there more food recalls lately or does it only seem so? Take a Minute with me for some relevant facts.

Our extremely safe food supply is governed by the inspection arm of the US Department of Agriculture (meat, poultry, some egg products) and the Food and Drug Administration (pretty much everything else we eat).

Additionally, we are served by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Equally important, food manufacturers do their own routine inspections which they take seriously as reputations can be lost one recall.

Food recalls fall into one of three categories:

  • pathogenic (organism which can cause disease)
  • physical contamination (metal from machinery)
  • misbranding (errors in labeling)

While we may rightfully fear pathogens in our food, presence of an undeclared allergen can be life threatening too.

The actual number of recalls for both the USDA and FDA declined comparing 2017 to 2018 figures. But, communication systems have gotten better, or more widespread so most of us think recalls are on the rise.

While food that has been processed more has the greater potential for the introduction of contaminants, my personal opinion is that our food handling habits from grocery/market to table isn’t emphasized enough.

When hot summer weather hits, I think about foods that sit a long time in the car, kitchen counter, or picnic table. Temperatures matter! Consider a thermal bag for your car.

A USDA study found 97 percent of us failed to wash our hands properly before handling food! Basic, I know, but we’re not doing it – 20 seconds says the CDC.

Cross contamination is the other major issue. Does the cooked meat from the grill go on the same plate that held raw meat? Were the same tongs or spatulas used for cooked and raw meats?

Any time of year, but especially now, use safe food handling practices to be well.

Marcia

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Netflix knew what it was doing featuring Marie Kondo’s series at the start of a new year. It’s the time most of us assess the past year and plan for the new one. For those who have read her book, you’re aware there is honor and respect and thankfulness brought to the process.

Second, determine what activities besides cooking and eating you do in the kitchen. Who manages mail there? Since the kitchen is for eating, then sorting and opening the mail and leaving stacks of paper increases the chance you’ll snack there while multi-tasking. Is there a healthier place to sort mail?

And thirdly, a chaotic kitchen leads to mindless eating. You’re standing and eating while talking on the phone or reading and you just gnawed through a sleeve of crackers without realizing it.

Clutter-free kitchen counters bring a sense of calm. You are more likely to be thoughtful about your eating, take a seat, take a plate and actually enjoy what you’re eating.

Don’t cheat yourself of the enjoyment of your food. Create a neat environment to slow you down and bring you joy! It’s the MarciaCraw :)) method to be well.

Happy New Year!

Marcia

PS The MarciaCraw method doesn’t even you require that you clean out that kitchen junk drawer!

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