Be Safe in Your Kitchen: How to Avoid Cross-Contamination of Food and Food Allergy Triggers

Be Safe in Your Kitchen: How to Avoid Cross-Contamination of Food and Food Allergy Triggers Infographic

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Summary: Be Safe in Your Kitchen: How to Avoid Cross-Contamination of Food and Food Allergy Triggers

Common Food Allergens

  • Milk

  • Eggs

  • Soy

  • Peanuts and tree nuts

  • Wheat

  • Fish

  • Shellfish

 

Kitchen Safety

  • Don't eat or drink while cooking- cross-contamination occurs when touching glasses or eating food

  • Use one cutting board for each food group- raw beef, raw poultry, produce, dry goods; wash thoroughly after each use

  • Use lots of towels- disposable are best; one for hand wiping, one for wiping countertops, and don't wipe hands on aprons

  • Wash your hands - after handling potentially hazardous foods, coughing, sneezing, smoking, restroom breaks, eating, drinking; before eating and handling foods; before grabbing food out of a container

 

Cooking for Food Allergies

  • Don't cook items side-by-side. Food may splatter and cross-contaminate.

  • Store foods individually wrapped and sealed.

  • Store nuts separately from other food and buy only what you need.

  • Use specific color -designated knives and cutting boards for each allergenic food.

  • Properly sanitize dishes to avoid contamination and designate specific dishes to be used only by the food-allergic person.

  • Clean equipment thoroughly - all pots and pans should be cleaned, dried and stored properly.

  • Clean kitchen surfaces - don't forget front edges of countertops and drawer handles/knobs.

 

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