03/16/2015 04:12 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2015

How China Is Ramping Up Its Creation Of Much-Needed Food Safety Regulations

Food safety has never been the strong point for huge countries like the U.S. and China. However, though it has been a slow process, the Chinese have undergone bureaucracy changes when it comes to regulating the food industry.

Richard Whitehead has covered the issue over at FoodNavigator-Asia detailing China's changes. Along with HuffPost's Matt Sheehan, he joined in on a HuffPost Live conversation about the changing food industry, and how China's changes will affect us in the United States.

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  • Sharing A Plate For Raw And Cooked Meat
    Frances Janisch
    You should always use a different plate for raw meat and cooked meat. The same is true for seafood and poultry. Germs from the raw food can transfer from the plate onto the meat you're just about to serve.
  • Thawing Food On The Counter
    Aimee Herring
    Don't thaw meat on the counter because germs can spread rapidly at room temperature. It's best to thaw foods either in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
  • Washing Meat
    Flickr: trekkyandy
    Despite what logic might imply, washing your meat in the kitchen sink is not sanitary. It can spread germs to the sink itself and surrounding countertops.
  • Let It Cool Before Storing
    Flickr: armigeress
    Many people think that food should completely cool before storing in the fridge, but it's not so. Leaving your food out to cool is actually just an invitation for germs. Illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them. Though, you should never put steaming hot food in the refrigerator because it warms up the temperature of your entire fridge, putting other food in danger.
  • Eating Mixtures That Contain Raw Eggs
    Flickr: Steve A Johnson
    You've been told this since you were a kid, but it turns out it's true: eating raw cookie dough can make you sick (or any other food with raw eggs in it). Uncooked eggs may contain salmonella or other harmful bacteria.
  • Marinating On The Counter
    Aimee Herring
    Just like you shouldn't thaw meats on the counter, you shouldn't leave marinades out either. Harmful germs multiply extremely rapidly at room temperature. Marinate your foods in the fridge.
  • Using Marinade As A Sauce
    Flickr: Corey Ann
    It may seem like a good idea to double the use of your marinade as a sauce, but the truth is the germs from the raw meat can contaminate your meal. You can use the marinade as a sauce if you bring it to a boil just before using.
  • Undercooking Meat
    Flickr: arnold | inuyaki
    Sure, you don't want to serve dried out meat, but keeping it too close to raw could potentially mean it's still got bacteria. We're not implying that you can't enjoy a nice pink steak, just that it's safest to cook meat according to the meat safety food chart.
  • Not Washing Your Hands
    Flickr: Arlington County
    Wash your hands! This is not a new one, but it is a very important tip that gets overlooked way too often. And when we say wash your hands, that doesn't mean just quickly rinsing them under water. Wash them for a full 20 seconds with soap and running water.
  • Tasting Food To See If It's Still Good
    Flickr: OctopusHat
    Do you taste your milk to see if its still good? While this might not make you ill, it's a bad practice to maintain. Often times you can't taste when a food has gone bad -- and just a little taste of it can make you very ill.
  • Using Unwashed Fruit On A Cutting Board
    Flickr: donielle
    Even if you plan on peeling your fruits and vegetables, you should always rinse them before use. The pesticides can transfer onto your work surface and contaminate the chopped produce. This is true for those leafy greens too. While this might not make you ill, it's certainly something you'll want to avoid.
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