Have a safe and healthy Chuseok holiday… Helpful food and drug safety information

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To prevent cross-contamination, use cooking utensils separately by food ingredient.

If holiday food is stored at room temperature for more than 2 hours, there is a risk of food poisoning bacteria growing, so it is best to eat it as soon as possible. If you use an air fryer for cooking, be careful not to heat it at high temperatures.

Additionally, if you experience food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, it is important to replenish water and electrolytes rather than taking anti-diarrheal medication carelessly. In addition, you must be careful of side effects such as drowsiness and disorientation when taking motion sickness medication, and be sure to wash your hands after touching the motion sickness medication.

On the 27th, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety provided food and drug safety information that is useful to know in advance during the holiday season so that you can have a safe and healthy Chuseok.

The main contents are ▲Food purchasing tips for holiday food preparation ▲Food poisoning prevention rules such as proper hand washing and cooking/storage methods ▲What to do when food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea occur ▲How to safely use an air fryer ▲Information on the safe use of medical products frequently used during holidays all.

First, when purchasing ingredients to prepare food for the Chuseok holiday, it is best to first purchase foods that do not require refrigeration, such as flour or cooking oil, followed by agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables, processed foods that require refrigeration such as ham and fish cakes, meat, and fish and shellfish. good night.

When purchasing health functional food as a gift, you must check the health functional food label or mark, and be careful because selling health functional food exchanged as a gift on a second-hand trading site is illegal.

Additionally, before preparing holiday food, you must wash your hands thoroughly under running water for at least 30 seconds using soap or other hand sanitizer, and be sure to wash your hands again after touching eggs, raw meat, etc. before cooking.

When cooking ground meat such as meatballs, it is recommended to cook it thoroughly through to the inside, ham and sausages are recommended to be cooked at a core temperature of 75℃ for more than 1 minute, and fish and shellfish such as oysters and clams are cooked at 85℃ for more than 1 minute.

Chuseok mornings and evenings are chilly, but temperatures rise during the day and if holiday food is stored at room temperature for more than 2 hours, there is a high risk of bacterial growth such as food poisoning bacteria, so it should be consumed as soon as possible.

To prevent cross-contamination, use cooking utensils such as knives and cutting boards separately for each ingredient, such as meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. Store meat, eggs, etc. in the refrigerator until cooking, and when storing cooked food, cool it quickly and then refrigerate it. It is better to keep it.

Symptoms of food poisoning usually appear after eating contaminated food and are usually accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Diarrhea and vomiting are defense functions that expel toxins from our body, so if you take laxatives carelessly, you must be careful because the toxins cannot escape and may worsen your symptoms.

When experiencing diarrhea, water and electrolyte replenishment are very important. Water with dissolved sugar and salt replenishes calories and electrolytes, and is absorbed faster than regular water, so drinking ionic beverages is helpful.

If diarrhea continues with severe abdominal pain or vomiting, the fever does not go down, or you see bloody stool, you must visit a hospital and receive medical attention.

Next, when using an air fryer or microwave when cooking holiday food or reheating leftover food, you must place it in a food container and observe the appropriate temperature and time, and it is best not to consume the burnt parts.

According to a Ministry of Food and Drug Safety investigation, when cooking meat or fish with an air fryer, it must be cooked below 200℃ to prevent it from burning to reduce the production of harmful substances such as benzopyrene.

As a result of analyzing the exposure to 20 types of hazardous substances, including heavy metals, formaldehyde, and bisphenol A, in 100 food containers made of paper foil or silicone used in air fryers, it was confirmed that all were at safe levels.

Most home convenience foods, which are expected to be consumed in large numbers by single-person households during the holiday season, can be cooked in the microwave as is in the container packaging, but some products are packaged in aluminum foil, which cannot be used in the microwave, so the recipe must be indicated on the product. Alternatively, you should check whether microwave cooking is possible.

If you have suffered a burn while cooking, it is important to first provide first aid by lowering the temperature of the wound area under cold running tap water. Burns with blisters and oozing fluids are at risk of infection, so do not burst the blisters and seek medical attention.

For minor burns that only cause slight redness and swelling, you can purchase an ointment with soothing and anti-inflammatory effects at a pharmacy.

However, ointments containing some ingredients such as heparin sodium, cephalosteroid extract, allantoin (complex), betamethasone, gentamicin (complex), hydrocortisone acetate, diphenhydramine hydrochloride (complex), etc. may be used by pregnant women or those whose pregnancy is not certain. Caution must be exercised in its use, so it must be used after consulting a doctor or pharmacist.

For long-term outdoor activities such as adult cats or outings, sunscreen products with SPF 50+/PA+++ or PA++++ are recommended. In everyday situations, products around SPF 10 and PA+ are sufficient.

Drivers should not take motion sickness medication when traveling long distances as it may cause side effects such as drowsiness and disorientation, and children under 7 years of age, pregnant women, and patients with glaucoma, urinary disorders, or benign prostatic hyperplasia may experience greater side effects from motion sickness medication. Do not use it.

When using an aerosol-type quasi-medicinal spray paste that can be easily used during outdoor activities to relieve muscle pain symptoms, shake well and spray an appropriate amount at a distance from the affected area. Do not spray continuously for more than 3 seconds on the same area and avoid inhalation. Be careful.

In some cases, personal heaters are used to relieve muscle pain, etc. Patients with reduced sensation due to diabetic neuropathy or spinal cord injury, children and the elderly who are not sensitive to temperature changes can suffer low-temperature burns if exposed to a heater for a long time. So you need to be especially careful.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety hopes that everyone will have a healthy holiday season by referring to the food and drug safety information provided by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in celebration of the Chuseok holiday. We will continue to provide useful food and drug safety information and do our best to create an environment where people can live healthy and safe. He said he would do it.

Holiday food safety rules (Ministry of Food and Drug Safety)
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