Food Safety Basics

Be Smart—Keep Foods Apart

Food-borne illness can be spread when bacteria-infected uncooked foods come in contact with cooked or ready-to-eat foods, such as fruits and raw vegetables. Avoid cross-contamination by having at least two cutting boards, one for meat or fish and another for fresh produce.

Cleaning Up

  • Wash plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher; wash your knives in hot, soapy water. And wash your counters with hot, soapy water.
  • An occasional thorough once-over with a kitchen disinfectant spray is a good idea.

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