Published on:

Food Safety and the Holidays: What Florida Residents Need to Know

Food plays a big role in many holiday festivities in Hollywood and across Southern Florida. If you are celebrating any holiday event this year and will be serving food, you will want to take steps to keep you and your family safe. Food-borne illnesses are a serious concern, especially for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Champagne_and_pate

A bout of food poisoning  can lead to stomach upset, vomiting, and other unpleasant symptoms. Some of the more serious concerns with food-borne illnesses, such as botulism, can lead to fatalities. To stay safe this year, make sure that you:

1) Shop carefully.

Check labels on food carefully, especially if anyone in your family has allergies. Always look at best-before and manufacturing dates, if possible. When buying perishables, such as meat and fish, carefully look at the food to ensure it looks and smells fresh. When buying cans, avoid cans that have swollen in size or that are dented. Never buy cans or packaged food which is open or looks tampered with in any way.

2) Set up cooking areas properly.

Create separate spaces for uncooked meats and always prepare all your ingredients before you start cooking so you can assemble food quickly without leaving it out for extended period of time. Prepare raw meat separately and do not use the same utensils or surfaces to prepare other food.

3) Wash hands and surfaces often.

Cross-contamination can happen, so always wash surfaces and your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat or eggs.

4) Check recall lists.

Set up an automatic alert so you will be informed if any foods have been recalled. Always check your pantry if you notice a food product has been recalled and remove that item promptly. If you have already eaten that item, watch for any symptoms and see your doctor if you are worried.

5) Cook foods to safe temperatures.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of any meat you are cooking. Err on the side of caution and cook eggs until they are no longer runny to reduce the risk of salmonella.

6) Put away leftovers promptly and consume them in reasonable time frames.

As soon as food is cool enough to put away, put it in the fridge. Bacteria can start to form on food quite quickly.

Place a label on leftovers, with a date indicating when it was made. Always eat leftovers within a few days. If you cannot, store your leftovers in the fridge. Before eating again, always reheat your leftovers well.

7)  Read recommendations before dining out.

Food-borne illness can also occur in eating establishments. If you are dining out, always read reviews and eat at restaurants which are reputable and established.

If you do have any symptoms after eating, consult a doctor. If you have suffered a severe injury or episode of food-borne illness after dining out in Hollywood or Florida, the restaurant may be liable if they failed to follow basic hygiene and safety practices. Contact Flaxman Law Group to determine whether you have a case.

Client Reviews

★★★★★
Mr. Flaxman is highly skilled and very pleasant to work with. He communicated with me at every step in the process, and clearly presented information relating to my case. To anyone considering retaining his firm, I highly recommend him. Clara Barman
★★★★★
THE BEST. Honest, very knowledgeable, fast and easy. has helped me in numerous situations and has never failed me. Joe Gee
★★★★★
Charlie is a very skilled attorney that advocates hard for his clients. But the best part is he is an all around great guy. He cares about helping and doing what is right for people and his community. And he is not afraid to fight against those who do wrong or against threats to our world. He is fluent in Spanish as well. Do yourself a favor and call him. Andy
★★★★★
I had a lawyer on another case and I never spoke to the lawyer and I hated that I never knew what was going on in my case. Mr. Flaxman was in constant communication with me, explained everything to me, and his staff was really great too. My phone calls were always returned immediately. It was refreshing to be able to speak to my attorney personally. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Flaxman as an attorney to anyone who has been in an accident. Gloria
★★★★★
I found Mr. Flaxman to be an excellent attorney for my personal injury case. This is actually the second time I have used him and he really represented my interests. He explained everything thoroughly and he was very available for my questions. Carol