York Region reminds residents to make food safety a priority during the Easter and Passover season
NEWMARKET – As preparation for Easter and Passover celebrations fast approaches, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to take the proper food safety precautions when preparing food for their families and guests.
Food safety tips to keep in mind include:
Ensure all meat, including lamb and poultry, comes from an approved and inspected source. Check for labels and tags on the packaging. Ask your butcher regarding the source of the meats and look for the following meat stamps:
When decorating and dying Easter eggs this year, keep the following tips in mind:
- Ensure that eggs are properly refrigerated after they are brought home from the grocery store
- Before decorating, hard boil the eggs and then cool them immediately in the refrigerator or under cold running water
- Use a non-toxic egg colouring dye
- Once eggs have been coloured ensure that they are stored in refrigerated conditions at an internal temperature of 4°C (40°F) or lower
- Do not eat eggs that have been left at room temperature for more than two hours; these may include decorated eggs used for display purposes or those decorated by children at school or during craft classes
For more information on food safety or any other health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553