Tips for a safe potluck party this holiday

There will surely be a lot of potluck parties this holiday season. Here are some tips to make sure the food you bring is safe from contamination.
Date Posted: Dec 21, 2015

MANILA -- There will surely be a lot of potluck parties this holiday season.

But the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) reminds the public to think twice about the kind of food you bring to parties.

FNRI's Josefina Gonzales suggests avoiding cabbage in pansit since it easily spoils. Dishes like adobo is better because the vinegar and soy sauce serve as preservatives.

Another common potluck dish that easily spoils is spaghetti.

Gonzales says it's important to make sure that the ground meat used for the dish is fresh.

Microbiologist Dr. Windell Rivera also gave tips for potluck hosts and attendees. He says everyone should be wary of the kitchen sponge used in cleaning food containers because this can also be a source of contamination.

"Hindi natin alam kung paano nilinis yung mga containers na 'yon, pag ginamitan mo syempre ng panlinis katulad ng sponge, ay very possible yung cross-contamination."

That's why Rivera recommends a dishwashing liquid with antibacterial property in cleaning the dishes to minimize the number of germs that might be passed on to other kitchen utensils.

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