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March - Nutrition & Food Safety

Food safety and nutrition – let’s all make the healthy decision!

Food Safety affects every Canadian and we all have a responsibility to ensure we do our part to prevent food borne illnesses from spreading in our communities.  

General Food Safety

What is "food safety"? Food Safety refers to handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk individuals becoming sick from food borne illnesses.

Follow the 4 rules to food safety:

Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often.
Separate — Don't cross-contaminate.
Cook — Cook to the right temperature.
Chill — Refrigerate promptly.

Government of Canada Fact Sheet: 

CCSA Poster: Safe Cooking Temperatures


What temperature should you cook a steak to? How about fish? Upload this handy graphic for safe cooking temperatures.

 

 


Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Interactive tool - Understanding a Food Label. The food label is one of the most important tools Canadian consumers can use to make informed choices about healthy and safe foods. 

 

Food Borne Illnesses & Outbreak

Every year, more than 4 million Canadians get food poisoning, also known as "food borne illness." Protect yourself by learning about food poisoning, its symptoms and treatments, and how to avoid getting sick in the first place.

Over 11,500 hospitalizations and 240 deaths occur each year due to food-related illnesses.

Most types of food poisoning cause one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever

Most people fully recover, but foodborne illnesses can result in chronic health problems in up to 3% of cases, including chronic arthritis and kidney failure.  Always follow the 4 rules: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill!

  Handwashing is a simple and effective way to help prevent diseases, such as colds, flu, and foodborne illness.  Check out the short video at the bottom of this page to learn why and how you should properly wash your hands. 

Hand Hygeine in Healthcare settings - CDC Resources

 

 

 

CCOHS - Proper handwashing Techniques

 

 

 

Stay up to date on Food Recalls: Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Food Recall Warnings 

 

Nutrition for Seniors

People aged 65 and older are more vulnerable to food poisoning and other infections related to food-borne contaminants. The consequences of these food-borne illnesses are more severe and fatal for the elderly.  Also, natural aging can alter a person’s nutritional requirements, as can medical conditions like high blood pressure or mobility issues.  Access resources to help keep seniors and their caregivers informed and safe!

Hydration

UnlockFood.ca: Facts on Fluids - How to Stay Hydrated

Aging Care: Hydration Tips for Seniors

 

Food for Health

Many Canadians want to make a positive contribution to their health and well-being. A good way to start is to make food and activity choices based on balance and moderation, and to handle food with safety in mind. We can eat very well, given the variety, safety, and wide availability of our foods today.

The Food for Health exhibition and website from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum takes a fresh look at the foods we eat and answers many of the questions Canadians have about their food choices, about food safety and about the role food plays in ensuring good health.

Dietitians of Canada Resources: Unlock the Potential of Food 

More Resources

Canada's Food Guide

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Government of Canada - Food Safety

 

WHO - 5 Keys to Safer Food short video

 

CDC - Proper handwashing short video