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Food Safety



It is upsetting to think about, but the foods you eat to stay healthy can make you sick. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness. There are things you can do in the grocery store, like avoiding cans that are bulging or jars that have cracks or loose lids. At home, you should

  • Be sure that your refrigerator and freezer are the right temperature for storing food
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods right away
  • Throw away anything that looks or smells suspicious. If you think a food might be bad, don't taste it!
  • Wash your hands well before preparing food
  • Keep your work area, wash rags and utensils clean
  • Cook meats thoroughly

Food and Drug Administration