Health Tip: Keep Food Safe

By on July 5, 2010

When bacteria or other germs set up shop in your food, they can make you quite sick.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these food-safety suggestions:

  • Refrigerate leftovers right away.
  • Make sure all foods are cooked thoroughly and to a sufficient temperature.
  • Don’t expose raw meat to other foods.
  • Thoroughly wash hands after touching raw food, and always before preparing food.
  • Wash all kitchen utensils in hot water and soap.
  • Wash sponges, rags and dish towels frequently using the washer’s hot cycle.
  • Wash all fresh produce before eating or preparing.
  • Refrigerate foods while marinating or defrosting, instead of leaving them on the counter.
  • Remove any leftover poultry stuffing and refrigerate.
  • Don’t pack the fridge with too many groceries, which inhibit air circulation.

Source: HealthDay

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