Food Safety Tips

It’s good to know how to handle food safely in the grocery store. When handling raw meat that you pick up from the meat department, you wanna make sure it stays cold, so as soon as you get home, place it in the freezer or fridge right away. If you get prepackaged meat from the deli, it’s a good idea to use it up within 4 days even if that means before the best before date. Best before dates are only applied to unopened packages. It is always a good idea to pick out frozen foods at the end of your shopping trip. Always put produce in the plastic bags provided for you. And keep meats away from other food products in your grocery cart. 

When handling food in your kitchen, you should know the basic tips and tricks. Never leave raw meats or fish out on the countertop for more than two hours. Prepare and cut these meats on a separate cutting board that you would normally cut fruits and vegetables on. Always wash countertops with warm soapy water after preparing each food item. Wash your reusable grocery bags frequently, especially if you are carrying raw meats. 

When handling food in your fridge, you should know what to do. Defrost your raw meat, poultry, fish or seafood in the refrigerator, in a microwave or immersed in cold water. Don’t refreeze thawed food. Place raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator so raw juices won’t drip onto other food. Always store eggs in their original carton. Store cut fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. You can cool leftovers quickly by placing them in shallow containers. Refrigerate as soon as possible or within two hours. Don’t pack your refrigerator with food — cold air must circulate to keep food safe. Check the temperature in your refrigerator using a thermometer.

Lastly it’s important to know how to handle food in your dining room. Don’t use the same plate or utensils for raw and cooked meat, because cross-contamination can occur. Raw juices can spread bacteria to your safely cooked food and this can cause food-borne illness. Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after handling pets.

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