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Safe Food Handling at Home

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    Food handling safety risks at home are more common than most people think. The four easy lessons of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making your family sick. Follow these 4 simple steps to "Be Food Safe".


  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Wash cutting boards, utensils, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next food.


  • Don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and their juices apart from other food items that won’t be cooked.
  • Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags, and in your refrigerator.


  • Cook to safe temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer – you can’t tell if food is cooked safely by how it looks.


  • Chill leftovers and takeout foods within 2 hours.
  • Keep the fridge at 4°C (40°F) or below.
Date of creation: January 21, 2013
Last modified on: September 25, 2017

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