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The importance of food safety

Everyone knows to look both ways before crossing the street, but not everyone knows how long meat lasts in the refrigerator.  Knowing how to keep your body safe and healthy from the inside is an important part of growing up. When you live in the dorms, you don’t have to worry about cooking for yourself, but when you live off campus, you need to pay attention to what kind of food you’re buying and how long it lasts.

If you aren’t sure if your food has gone bad, don’t taste it, just throw it away. Graphic by Laura Claypool.

 

Most raw meats and uncooked corn on the cob lasts one to two days in the fridge. In the freezer, most raw meats can last from three to 12 months. For more information on freezer shelf life, go to the Food and Drug Administration website. Graphic by Laura Claypool.

 

Brown rice has a higher oil content than white rice, so it spoils more quickly. Graphic by Laura Claypool.

 

The Environmental Work Group tested conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, and found that some had traces of 47 to 67 chemicals. It was decided that these should be purchased in organic form. Other foods on the right showed little to no traces of chemicals and are safe to be consumed in nonorganic form. Graphic by Laura Claypool.

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