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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Health Canada Issues Shellfish Advisory!

Kawartha Lakes Mums Readers - Love Shellfish? Prepare Carefully! 

Do you love shellfish as much as our Kawartha Lakes family does?
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Health Canada issued an important shellfish advisory today. What did the advisory state?
Glad you asked!

Health Canada Shellfish Advisory

Shellfish is a nutritious food choice but it must be stored, handled and prepared properly to help prevent food poisoning.
Children, pregnant women, seniors and people with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk and should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish.
 Shellfish Food Safety Tips:
Keep it cold (below 4°C) until you are ready to cook it. You may want to take an insulated bag and cold pack along when grocery shopping, to help you keep your shellfish cold. Keep raw shellfish separate from other foods in your grocery cart and in your refrigerator to prevent cross-contamination of your food. Refrigerate shellfish as soon as possible after you buy it.  Check the packaging on frozen shellfish before you buy it to make sure that it isn't torn or open and that there isn't a lot of frost on the package. If there is a lot of frost, it may mean it has been frozen for a long time or that it was thawed and refrozen.
Never defrost shellfish at room temperature! Thaw it in the refrigerator or in cold water. Cook shellfish right after you thaw it. Wash your hands before and after handling raw shellfish.
Do not use the same plate or utensils for raw and cooked shellfish, and wash counters and utensils with soap and warm water after preparation Cook shellfish to a safe internal temperature. See the cooking section of the "Shellfish Food Safety" web page listed below in related links for more information.

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