If cooking recipes, heating a ready-meal or making a salad, here are tips to keep people and pets safe in the kitchen.
To keep safe in the kitchen:
- Keep all surfaces & utensils clean.
- Cook & reheat/chill foods to correct temperatures.
- Turn handles inwards, keep an extinguisher nearby.
- Tie long hair back and avoid floaty sleeves.
- Use a sharp knife (with a guard).
- Keep melon from other foods (may contain salmonella).
- Don’t eat cooked rice after 24 hours (food poisoning).
- Avoid caffeine, chocolate etc for pregnancy/nursing.
- Avoid chia seeds for choking hazards .
- Check medication (grapefruit, green veggies).
food safety for homes with pets
Get proper advice, before choosing a new pet food. Read this book to keep your dog safe for info on safe feeding/water bowls, first aid, toxic foods to avoid and how to prevent bloat. Avoid feeding cooked bones (which can choke), raw eggs and fish (especially salmon which contains a parasite that can be fatal).
For companion animals, keep most ‘human foods’ away from them. Unsafe foods near pets include:
- Chocolate, caffeine & alcohol
- Alliums (garlic, onion, shallots, leeks, chives)
- All citrus fruits & dried fruits
- Mushrooms & avocado
- Fruit pips & seeds (natural cyanide)
- Faux meats (inc. jackfruit)
- Raw bread dough (expands in the stomach)
- Corn-on-the-cob (choking hazard)
- Spices (esp. nutmeg & mac)
- Most nuts (esp. macadamia) & seeds
- Xylitol (a sweetener, if used)