Another big kitchen mistake involved cross-contaminating food. Experts say it’s important to keep raw meat and vegetables separate in every way and that includes using separate cutting boards, bowls, and knives. But almost half of the people in this study didn’t do that! That’s a big deal because dangerous germs like e-Coli and salmonella can easily be transferred from food to your hands, or a knife, and then to other foods.
One of the most shocking mistakes has to do with our understanding of cooking hamburgers. Researchers say most home cooks in the study knew that you could get sick from eating undercooked hamburgers. But get this: 1-in-5 people believed that only applies if you eat burgers prepared in a restaurant!
Christine Bruhn is a food safety expert who says this study just goes to show that even when we know better, we’re not perfect. But this is a wake-up call, because foodborne illnesses send more than 9 million North Americans to the hospital each year and most happen from food cooked at home.