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Tips for Handling Meat (To Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe)

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Any one of Najma Food’s halal chilled meats makes for a great addition to your meal.

However, it’s crucial that you stay safe when handling any type of animal product. Improper handling can lead to contamination and the spread of bacteria that could cause harm.

We make every effort possible to ensure you get a safe chilled meat product.

But there are a few things that you can do to ensure your meats stay fresh and safe to eat from purchase to plate.

Tip #1 – It Starts at the Supermarket

As much as we’d like to think that supermarkets don’t make mistakes, it’s not the case. With so much stock on the shelves, oversights can happen.

And that’s without reckoning for the many hundreds of people who wander the aisles every day.

Proper meat handling starts at the supermarket. When it comes to our chilled meats, make sure that you check the packaging. Look for any signs of tampering that suggest that someone’s messed with the package. Tears are a particular issue as they lead to air getting into the packaging.

Make sure there’s nothing to suggest that the packaging has been tampered with.

After that, look at the use by date. It’s rare for supermarkets to leave meat products on the shelves for longer than they should be there. But it can happen, so make sure you check before you buy.

Tip #2 – Use Separate Cutting Boards

And while you’re at it, use separate knives and utensils when handling any meat products.

The key here is that you’re not using the same stuff with different types of meat. And you especially don’t want to mix the utensils that you use for cooked meats and raw meats.

For your reference, Najma Foods products are all pre-cooked.

That means that chopping them or otherwise handling them using utensils that have been exposed to raw meats raises the possibility of cross-contamination.

Sanitise your utensils often and make sure you don’t re-use any of them before they’ve received a good cleaning.

Tip #3 – Keep Veggies and Ingredients Away

This is more important when handling raw meats than it is when handling cooked meats. But it’s still a good practice to keep up regardless.

Meat can contaminate your other ingredients just like it can contaminate other meats.

Of course, this isn’t an issue if you’re throwing ingredients together and cooking them. It’s prolonged exposure with no action that’s the problem.

For example, leaving meat exposed and next to fresh veggies in the fridge can cause issues. The bacteria in the meat might travel to the other ingredients and contaminate them.

It’s pretty simple stuff. Keep your meats separate from your other ingredients until it’s time to start cooking or start eating.

The Final Word

Safety is paramount when it comes to food.

And when you’re dealing with meats, it pays to take care when you’re handling them. With these tips, you won’t have to worry about contamination.