Home Food Safety Mythbusters Part 2: The Microwave Myth
September is National Food Safety Month and to recognize the importance of keeping you and your food safe, the Partnership for Food Safety Education each year provides some very important Home Food Safety MYTHBUSTERS. Last week we shared the cookie dough myth. This week we are taking a look at microwaves:
“When kids cook it is usually “heat and eat” snacks and foods in the microwave. They don’t have to worry about food safety – the microwaves kill the germs!”
It’s the heat the microwaves generate that kills the germs! Food cooked in a microwave needs to be heated to a safe internal temperature. Microwaves often heat food unevenly, leaving cold spots in food where germs can survive. Kids can use microwaves properly by carefully following package instructions. Even simple “heat and eat” snacks come with instructions that need to be followed to ensure a safe product. Use a food thermometer if the instructions tell you to!
What Mythbuster will the Partnership for Food Safety take on next week? Stay tuned!