5 Easy Tips for Safer Grocery Shopping


When you go grocery shopping, it can be a bit crazy. You might be rushing to get dinner or bringing your family along. Sometimes, you get distracted by sales and free samples.

But if you don’t handle your food properly, you could make yourself and your family sick. Eating food with harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella can cause food-related illnesses. Most people get better, but some people, like pregnant women, little kids, older adults, and people with weak immune systems, can get really sick.

Here are some simple tips to make grocery shopping safer:

  1. Buy cold or frozen food at the end of your shopping trip. This way, it doesn’t sit out too long and get warm.

  2. Keep raw meat, chicken, fish, and seafood away from other food in your cart. You don’t want their juices to touch other foods.

  3. Put raw meat in separate plastic bags to stop juices from spilling onto other things.

  4. Check fruits and veggies carefully. Don’t buy ones that look smashed or spoiled.

  5. If you use reusable grocery bags or bins, use different ones for meat, chicken, or seafood. Label them, so you know what’s inside, and wash them regularly, especially if they touch raw meat, chicken, or seafood.

Taking these simple steps can help keep your food safe. For more info on food safety, visit canada.ca/foodsafety.

*Reference: www.newscanada.com

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