More Food Safety Tips
- Go to the grocery store last; then head home.
- Put cold things in the grocery cart last.
- Don't buy leaky, puffy, torn or damaged packages.
- Bag household cleaners separately from foods. You don't want bleach to spill on your corn dogs!
- Bag meat and poultry separately from other foods. Meat packages can be leaky.
- Don't leave the groceries in the car or on the kitchen counter, hoping someone else will put them away.
- Freeze or refrigerate cold things IMMEDIATELY.
- Put leaky meat packages on plates or trays, or re-wrap them before they go in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Wash produce before storing for a quick snack later.
- Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator or in the microwave, NOT on the counter.
- Cook raw meats until the middle is no longer pink.
- Don't use the same utensils and plates for raw and cooked foods.
- Follow all the directions when you microwave. No directions? Stir or turn halfway through the cooking cycle.
LEFTOVERS AND CLEANUP
- Don't leave foods out at room temperature for longer than two hours.
- Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.
- Reheat leftovers until hot and steamy throughout.
- Wash utensils, dishes and counter tops with hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
- Wash your hands before you handle food, and between handling raw meats and other foods.
- When in doubt, throw it out!
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