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Mealtime Multitaskers—Listen Up!
Mealtime multitaskers are those who eat while driving, working at their desk, watching TV, reading the newspaper, talking on the phone, cleaning the refrigerator or kitchen, or doing another activity simultaneously. Multitaskers should keep in mind all these activities can be the culprit of food poisoning.
Next time you find yourself dining while multitasking, keep these tips in mind:
- If you eating while driving...
Be sure to keep a supply of moist towels or bottles of hand sanitizer in your car. Eating while driving is not always safe, so try to eat a snack before you leave the house.
- If you eating while watching TV...
Make sure your food isn't sitting out of refrigeration for more than two hours. For an easy reminder, set a kitchen timer before you sit down to eat.
- If you eating while working on the computer, cleaning, washing dishes, talking on the phone, or reading the newspaper...
Remember to wash your hands in hot, soapy water for 20 seconds between household tasks. Make sure you frequently clean your desk and keyboard and keep hand sanitizer handy at your desk.
If leftovers are your lunch, make sure you reheat them to an internal temperature of 165°F in a microwave or conventional oven, using a food thermometer to check.
For more information, tips and materials on how to avoid food poisoning, visit our Desktop Dining section on HomeFoodSafety.org.
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