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Separate – avoid cross contamination

Did you know that improper handling of raw meat, poultry and seafood can create an inviting environment for cross-contamination?

As a result, bacteria can spread to other foods and throughout the kitchen.

Clean and then sanitize counter tops, cutting boards and utensils with a mild bleach solution (5ml/1 tsp. bleach per 750ml/3 cups water) before and after food preparation. Consider using paper towels to wipe kitchen surfaces or change dishcloths daily to avoid spreading bacteria and, possibly, cross-contamination. Avoid using sponges because they are harder to keep bacteria-free, or wash them frequently in hot, soapy water.If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and use a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.

Food safety starts when you shop: separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, when bagging your groceries and in your refrigerator.

Seal raw meat, poultry and seafood in air-tight containers or plastic bags and place them on the bottom shelves of your refrigerator to prevent juices from dripping onto other food.