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Are Your Leftovers Giving You Diarrhea?

by | Apr 7, 2015 | Prevention

You know those times you’re not quite sure how long your leftovers have been sitting in the fridge? Well sorry to inform you bud, but the sniff test just won’t cut it. Let’s talk about how a few simple tips can prevent you from clenching your butt cheeks and running to the toilet every 5 minutes.

Food Dangers

While our food in Canada is among the safest in the world, every year thousands of Canadians get food poisoning. In fact, you may experience food poisoning and not even know. Symptoms can range from diarrhea , stomach cramping, and nausea, to much more serious side effects. According to the World Health Organization, unsafe food can cause more than 200 diseases!

Food Storage

Good news is, how we store our food is an easy way to prevent food poisoning. Protect yourself and your family from food poisoning with these tips:

  1. Avoid the danger zone: Remember to always keep your cold food cold and hot food hot – avoid what’s known as the “temperature danger zone” between 4 °C to 60 °C where bacteria can grow quickly.
  2. Know your fridge temperature: Ensure your fridge is set at 0 °C to 4 °C and your freezer at -18 °C or lower.
  3. Check the lifespan of your leftovers: The next time you’re prowling for leftovers, check the lifespan first with this list of fridge storage times and leave the guesswork out.

If you found this information helpful and feel inspired, support World Health Day on the issue of food safety, and share this post with anyone you think may benefit!

References:
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/tips-conseils/storage-entreposage-eng.php
http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/en/

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