Avoid getting sick by following expert tips 

Health Canada estimates that every year 11 to 13 million Canadians get sick because of food-borne illness.

In 2013, the agency reported 57 food recalls that prompted public warning across Canada. Food-borne illness has been estimated to cost our country between $12 billion and $14 billion annually, according to Health Canada.

Because food is being produced at faster rates and in larger quantities, the risk of food-borne bacteria being distributed to a large number of people has increased, according to FORNYA Canada.

Although this is something the public cannot necessarily control, experts contacted by the Calgary Journal say consumers can take a proactive stance when it comes to food safety.Health Canada recommends washing leafy greens under fresh, cool running water in order to remove any dirt or bacteria. Avoid soaking leafy greens in a sink full of water as the sink may be contaminated with bacteria.

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Bacteria are found everywhere, so it is important consumers know their way around safe food-handling practices.

These Food Safety Survival Guide vodcasts explore how grocery shopping, food preparation and proper cooking techniques can aid you.

Episode 1 of 3 

Episode one: Surviving the Grocery Store
Watch this vodcast to explore how food safety can start in the grocery store. The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services recommends going straight home after purchasing your groceries so you are able to store foods properly and promptly.

Episode 2 of 3

Episode two: Proper Preparation
Watch this vodcast to learn how properly preparing food is essential to safe food consumption. A common mistake Canadians make is defrosting meat and poultry at room temperature, but doing so allows bacteria to grow on food and increases the risk for food-borne illness.

Episode 3 of 3 

Episode three: Avoiding Kitchen Catastrophe
Watch this vodcast to discover what cooking techniques can keep you from experiencing a kitchen catastrophe.

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