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Handling food safely

Handling food safely

Think about safe handling of food from the time you shop to the time you eat.


 When shopping


Don't buy food in cans or jars with dented or bulging lids. Refrigerate perishable items as soon as possible after purchase. Put fresh fruits and vegetables in bags rather than directly in the shopping cart to prevent contact with additional germs or with drippings from other foods.


 When preparing food


Wash your hands with soap and water. Rinse produce thorough-ly before and after peeling. Wash knives and cutting surfaces after handling raw meat and before preparing other foods to be eaten raw. Launder dishcloths and kitchen towels frequently.

 When cooking


Cook all ground meat, hamburger or roast beef thoroughly. Meat, especially if grilled, is likely to brown before it's completely cooked, so use a meat thermometer to ensure that meat is heated to at least 160 F at its thickest point. Avoid undercooked eggs with runny yolks.


 When storing food


Always check expiration dates. Use or freeze fresh meats within three to five days after purchase. Use or freeze fresh poultry, fish and ground meat within one to two days after purchase. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of serving.

 When eating out


Order red meat prepared medium or well-done. Ask that seafood be thoroughly cooked.



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