Tip: How To Prevent Food Contamination

To lower your risk of food contamination and prevent bacterial contamination while cooking and grilling out, follow these important safety tips.

Ways To Prevent Food ContaminationTo lower your risk of food contamination and prevent bacterial contamination while cooking and grilling out, please follow these important food safety tips:

Call to Action:

  • Wash your hands often in warm, soapy water before preparing food and especially after handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.

  • To keep bacteria from growing when you thaw meat, always thaw it in the refrigerator.  Do not thaw meat on the kitchen counter; this may cause harmful bacteria to proliferate on the counter or in the meat.

  • Raw poultry and its juices may carry bacteria.  Always keep uncooked poultry separate from other foods and thoroughly wash the surface the raw poultry was on and wash your hands well.

  • Use one cutting board for meat and another cutting board for everything else.

  • A chemical free way to sterilize your cutting board after cutting raw meat is to pour boiling water over it and then scrub it clean with soap and hot water.

  • Marinate fish, raw meat, or poultry in the refrigerator not at room temperature on the counter.  Discard any leftover marinade.

  • Transfer cooked food onto a clean plate with clean utensils.  Always keep raw meat, poultry, or seafood juices away from cooked food, fruits and vegetables.

Have a healthy and safe Independence Day!

To your wellness,

Lynn

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