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Foodborne Illnesses

What You Need to Know

KEEP FOOD SAFE!  GIVE BACTERIA NO CHANCE!

FOOD SAFETY

 

 

 
Summertime Food Safety Tipspicnic_16x9
  • Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot!
  • Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible, but definitely within 2 hours. 
  • Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave. Never thaw frozen foods on the counter. 
  • Wash your hands and utensils before and after handling food. Humming the "Happy Birthday" song twice is a good way to ensure you are washing long enough.
  • Scrub cutting boards with hot, soapy hot water after preparing each item and before moving on to the next food.
  • Cover any cuts or abrasions on your hands to avoid contaminating the food.
  • Keep raw and cooked foods separate.

Learn more about SAFE FOOD HANDLING DURING THE SUMMER SEASON.

 Becoming a Safer Shopper
  • Check “sell-by” and “use-by” dates.  Do not buy products that are out of date.
  • Do not buy or use damaged, swollen, rusted, or dented cans.
  • Choose unbruised fruits and vegetables.
  • Do not eat “self-serve” foods or free food samples.
  • Do not buy or use cracked or unrefrigerated eggs.
  • Pick up frozen and refrigerated items just before you check out at the grocery store.
  • Refrigerate groceries right away, and never leave perishable foods out for more than 2 hours.
  • Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from other items in your shopping cart and in your grocery bags.
Dining Out
  • Go out to eat early to avoid large crowds.  Busier restaurants may be more likely to make a mistake with your food.
  • Always ask that your food be prepared fresh.
  • Avoid high-risk food sources, such as salad bars, delicatessens, buffets, potlucks, and street food vendors.
  • Do not eat raw fruits or vegetables (i.e. salads) when eating out since you cannot be sure that these foods were properly washed.
  • Avoid “fresh-squeezed” juices; always ask if juices are pasteurized.
  • Ask if pasteurized eggs are used in dishes containing egg.
  • When taking food to-go, always put the food in the to-go container yourself instead of having the server do it for you.

Foodborne Germsbacteria

For a more complete list of foodborne germs, see the Foodborne Illness A-Z Index
Bacteria, virus or parasite? Check the list of foodborne germs and illnesses by typ

 
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