Foodborne illness is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. Consumers can protect themselves by following these four steps:
- Clean – Wash your hands and utensils before preparing foods and after handling raw meats, poultry and eggs.
- Separate – keep raw meats, poultry and eggs separate from vegetables or other foods that will not be cooked
- Cook – foods fully and check temperature using a thermometer.
- Chill – leftovers and take out foods within 2 hours. Keep your refrigerator at below 41oF.
Food Safety Resources for Home Cooking