Kids in the kitchen - keeping them safe
NSW Food Authority
NSW Food Authority recently released an article detailing safe practices to keep kids safe in the kitchen. It documented how NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson was encouraging parents to cook with their kids in the most recent school holidays to help them develop an understanding of food and what they eat, while reminding budding chefs to practice the golden rules of food safety.
"With indoor activities high on the list during the cooler school holiday break cooking is often a popular pastime for kids, but it’s important to follow a few simple food safety rules," Minister Hodgkinson said.
"Children, especially infants and toddlers, are more at risk from some food problems because their bodies and natural immune defenses are not fully developed yet." The NSW Food Authority has a number of simple guidelines about safe food preparation and handling that can help reduce the risk of food borne illness.
"First and foremost is hand washing, it’s such a simple practice to instill in your children but hand washing is at the very foundation of correct and safe food handling," Minister Hodgkinson said.
"It can make a big difference when it comes to protecting their health.
"Temperature control is another important factor to consider, food must be kept hot or kept cold, there is a danger period when food is left outside of the safe temperature zone where bacteria can quickly develop and spoil food."
The top tips from the NSW Food Authority are:
- Keep it hot
- Keep it clean
- Keep it cold
- Check the label
For more information about food safety and children the NSW Food Authority has a 'Kids' section on its website.