Be Food-Safe on the 4th of July

Michele SfakianosUncategorizedLeave a Comment

Fireworks aren’t the only cause for concern on the 4th of July

Protect your family from food poisoning by taking these four simple steps:

  1. Wash your hands and food-preparation surfaces often. Germs can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils and cutting boards. Rinse fresh fruit and vegetables under running water.
  2. Don’t cross-contaminate. Even after you’ve cleaned your hands and surfaces thoroughly, raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can still spread germs to ready-to-eat foods – unless you keep them separate.
  3. Cook to the right temperature. Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145 degrees Fahrenheit for whole meats (allowing the meat to cool for 3 minutes before carving or consuming), 160 degrees Fahrenheit for ground meats and 165 degrees Fahrenheit for all poultry.
  4. Keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and refrigerate foods promptly. Germs can grow in many foods within 2 hours unless you refrigerate them. During the summer heat, but that time down to 1 hour.

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Stay safe and well this 4th of July!

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