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Five food safety myths busted

Five food safety myths busted

Food borne illnesses can make us extremely ill and can cause permanent organ damage, even death in healthy people, so with our compromised immune systems, particularly if we are neutropenic, food hygiene is highly important. Here are the facts behind some common food handling myths:

1) You can thaw and refreeze meat

2) It is not a good idea to wash meats and poultry when preparing for cooking

3) It’s not OK to leave perishable food out for an extended time or overnight before putting it in the fridge

4) If it smells OK, then it’s not necessarily OK to eat

5) Adding oil to foods will not necessarily kill bugs lurking in your food

Cathy Moir, Team leader, Microbial and chemical sciences, Food microbiologist and food safety specialist, CSIRO goes into more detail, busting the myths behind the above facts here:

Healthy eating everyone!


Photo: Dandelion tea anyone? Dew drops on a dandelion flower bud.

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Interesting article - thanks Neil... I was reassured to know that it IS OK to refreeze meat that's been frozen then thawed (as long as it was thawed out in the fridge). :-) I do that sometimes anyway, and never had any problems with it, but felt a bit guilty about it...

FANTASTIC photo...

Best wishes,




Many thanks - I had heard the washing poultry one from the UK Food Standards Agency - if you do, you just spray bugs around your kitchen!

You must have a whopping lens on that camera.......Excellent pic.



Your pics are so beautiful,my mom used to make dandelion was so good but my sisters and I kept getting into it so she quit making it. Just as well,we might have become alcoholics,ha ha.


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