The Importance of Food Safety: Keeping Meals Safe and Delicious!

The Importance of Food Safety: Keeping Meals Safe and Delicious Blog

Food safety is a top priority when it comes to preparing and serving meals, in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Food safety ensures that the meals we serve are not only delicious but also safe to eat. Let’s explore why food safety is so important and how food safety guidelines help us achieve this.

Why is Food Safety Important?

Food safety is important because it protects us from getting sick. When food is not handled, stored, or cooked properly, harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites can grow and cause foodborne illnesses. These illnesses can range from mild stomach upset to more serious health issues, especially for young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

How Food Safety Guidelines Help

Food safety guidelines provide us with best practices for handling, storing, and preparing food. They help us prevent foodborne illnesses by outlining steps to keep food safe at every stage of the food process. From purchasing to storage, and from preparation to serving, following food safety guidelines ensures that the meals we serve are safe to eat.

Following Food Safety Guidelines


Choose fresh, unexpired food from reputable sources.


Store food at the correct temperature and use proper containers to prevent contamination.


Wash hands and utensils, cook food to the right temperature, and avoid cross-contamination.


Use clean utensils and plates, and keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

Food safety is essential for keeping meals safe and enjoyable for everyone. By following food safety guidelines, we can protect ourselves and others from foodborne illnesses. Let’s make food safety a priority in our meal preparation and service, ensuring that every meal is not only delicious but also safe to eat!

Download our Food Safety Guidelines Checklist by clicking the image below.

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