Most of us know someone who has gotten food poisoning or another kind of illness from eating or drinking something that wasn't as fresh and germ-free as it could have been. There are a number of things you can do to avoid getting sick from what you eat--either at home or in restaurants.
Before You Prepare Food
- Wash your hands. If children are helping you, make sure they wash their hands too.
- Wash counters and cooking tools with hot soapy water before and after preparing foods.
- Separate raw meats from other foods to avoid the spread of any germs they may contain while raw (neutralized by cooking)
- Use separate cuttings boards for fresh fruits and vegetables and raw meat, poultry and fish.
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- Use a food thermometer: Recommended temperature for red meat is 160 F; 180 F for poultry. Check thermometer instructions to make sure you use it properly.
- Check for signs that meat and poultry are cooked all the way through on the inside. Red meat should be brown or gray inside; poutry juices should run clearn; fish should flake with a fork.
Keep Hot Foods Hot.
Refrigerate Leftovers Within 2 Hours or Throw Them Out.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
Last Updated 4/3/13