Raw meat is home to many bacteria and viruses, where some are pathogenic leading to disease. One must be careful when handling meat due to this reason. Here are a few tips that you should follow to avoid such contamination.
Safety for meat handling starts at the point of purchase. It is always best to get it from a reliable store or area of your choice, for example, like trusted pork from Europe. Its flavor and safety is both assured this way.It is better if it’s tightly packed with no spaces (vacuum packaging) but make surethe seal is not broken or there aren’t any tears.If it’s from a fresh shop given in polythene bags, do not allow the meat juices to spill all over other food and contaminate them. Check the expiry date and avoid coming into direct contact with those that have expired.
When taking meat from the shop to home, if it takes more than 30 minutes or if you are living in a warm area, it is best to use a cooler to transport the meat, or else it will start rotting. Meat must be stored in the deep freezer, the coldest part of the refrigerator. The cold environment will inactivate any bacteria growth. Make sure that the meat is consumed within three to five days after purchase to ensure good quality. Let the meat be in their packaging until just before cooking. Make sure that the meat juices don’t drip and contaminate other food in the refrigerator. If the meat is defrosted, then can refrozen provided they are not thawed.
Raw meat should come into contact with cooking utensils that have been washed and cleaned well. Knives, cutting boards and pots and pans should be washed in hot water in the dish washing machine. It is ideal to have a separate cutting board for meat. However, if not possible, make sure the board is thoroughly washed and cleaned after cutting meat before cutting vegetables on it. This will prevent cross contamination of food. It is best if you wear gloves when handling meat. But if you use bare hands make sure they are washed well with soap and water. Cook meat thoroughly before consumption. Meat must be cooked in very high temperatures to kill all the pathogens, however, each meat may have a different temperature that it must be cooked at.Take a note of the tips above and make sure you handle raw meat safely to avoid spread of disease.