Don't Cross Contaminate

  • Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in your grocery store shopping cart and in your refrigerator. 

  • If possible, use one cutting board for raw meat products and another one for fresh fruits and vegetables. 

  • Always wash hands, cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water after they come in contact with raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and unwashed fresh produce.  

  • Place cooked food on a clean plate. If you put cooked food on an unwashed plate that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood, bacteria from the raw food could contaminate the cooked food. 

  • To prevent juices from raw meat, poultry or seafood from dripping onto other foods in your refrigerator, place these raw foods in sealed containers or plastic bags. 

  • When using a marinade, don't use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat, poultry or seafood on cooked foods, unless it is boiled before use. Never taste marinade or sauce that was used to marinate raw meat, poultry or seafood. 

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