Category Archives: Food Safety

family grilling out

4 Steps to Practice Food Safety this Summer

When the weather warms up, we have more opportunities for dining outdoors. Eating outside on the patio, picnicking at the park, or packing meals for camping are all fun summer meals that are a little riskier without good food safety practices. Let’s refresh on the four steps for food safety, paying close attention to the things to remember when eating and dining away from the kitchen. Continue reading

leftovers in microwave

Go Further with Food Safety

Preventing food waste and saving money on groceries is one of the ways you can go further with food during National Nutrition Month. Food safety is an important part of keeping your food and leftovers safe and germ-free. As you work to reduce food waste in your kitchen, remember these tips to go further with food safety. Continue reading

raw and ready to eat foods not separated

Separate Germs from Your Food

Germs are tiny and easy to spread. Germs are found everywhere, including in our food. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs are the main sources of germs that cause foodborne illnesses, but fruits and veggies can also carry germs. The four basic steps of food safetyClean, Separate, Cook, Chill – help to reduce the risk of getting sick from germs in food. Spreading germs from food is called cross-contamination. The Separate step shows us how to avoid cross-contamination to keep germs from spreading. Continue reading

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Hand Washing Keeps Your Family Healthy

Hand washing is the first step of good food safety and personal hygiene. Because we interact with the world using our hands, they pick up a lot of germs along the way. You can spread these germs to other surfaces (like a door handle or your phone) and to other people (shaking hands, picking up your kids, or sharing pens). Washing your hands kills those germs and keeps you and your family from getting sick. Yet most people aren’t washing their hands long enough or often enough. Continue reading

Thanksgiving meal

Safely Cooking for Large Groups

Many holiday celebrations are centered around sharing food with family and friends. Because you only want to share love, not germs, food safety needs to be a part of the holiday meal planning process. Cooking for large groups presents a different set of food safety concerns than everyday cooking. In addition to the usual food safety 101, handwashing, safe thawing techniques and minimum internal temperature, here are some additional food safety steps to follow during holiday get-togethers. Continue reading