Recalls call for food safety

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Recent food recalls from cantaloupes to turkeys are affecting people across the nation.

Experts in Perry County told us routine inspections can keep these tainted foods off the shelves.

Food safety ranges from knowing what temperature to keep meats at to cutting produce on a clean counter.

Experts in Perry County say food recalls can be avoided just by following protocol.

"We pretty much go from the front door to the back door. We look at everything from where the food comes in the building to where it exits to who handles it and how they handle it," said Jeff Cornett, the environmental director at Kentucky River District Health Department in Hazard.

Experts say checking the date of every product is a must.

Expired foods are tainted and often hazardous to consumers.

"If we get them maintained and keep checking those products, we are going to make sure they don't run out of dates, so consumers don't get those," said Danny Riley, the assistant manager at Save-A-Lot in Hazard.

Kurtz no salt added ketchup was recalled last week. Save-A-Lot employees moved quickly to remove then replace the product within 24 hours.

The assistant manager of Save-A-Lot in Hazard says every product is inspected before it hits the shelf.

"It's important to pay attention to every single product. That's why we've got to thoroughly inspect everything ourselves because it's that one item," said Riley.

Health departments across the country educate employees on food safety in order to avoid foodborne illnesses.

"Our goal is to keep people healthy. We don't want foodborne illness in our district. We like to keep things clean, and we like to keep our citizens healthy," said Cornett.

Food store managers say consumers' health is number one.

Cantaloupes are one of the most recent recalls.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control say more than a dozen deaths have been reported because of the tainted cantaloupes, which has affected people in 18 states.

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