Be sure when buying ready-to-eat food

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Are ready-to-eat meals safe to eat?
Today, more people are resorting to buying cooked food for consumption in and outside the house. This is for practical reasons like saving time in planning and preparing meals, convenience, availing of choice of reasonably-priced and flavorful food, and experiencing other special treats aside from the usual family menu.
Cooked and street foods are easy to find in the carinderia (cheap food stalls), outside the school premises, , offices, churches, parks and even in malls.
However, there are safety issues in buying cooked and street foods.
Are these foods safe to eat?
These foods are safe to eat provided that the food handlers have the proper knowledge and training on food handling and services, food preparation, personal hygiene and maintaining a clean and safe environment.
The sixth message of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) emphasizes that "consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food-related and water-borne diseases."
Here are simple tips to prevent food and water-borne diseases:
- Buy cooked food from known safe sources.
- Avoid foods with mayonnaise or similar dressings. These spoil quickly.
- Avoid buying foods cooked in tomato sauce and coconut milk because they also easily spoil. For Examples are puchero and ginataan.
- Buy frozen or refrigerated fresh cooked food like embotido or morcon.
- Buy only newly-cooked foods and avoid foods that have been long-standing. Examples of these are foods cooked in the morning and sold until the afternoon, or evening or on even the following days.
Remember the 6th message in the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food and water-borne diseases. (PIA)

Last Modified: 2022-Apr-10 23.00.00 UTC+0800