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Reuse, Clean, Repeat!
Reusable totes are convenient and earth-friendly, but could they be making you sick? Reusable totes need to be frequently washed in the washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy water to prevent food poisoning.
Separate for Sanitation
- When shopping, put meat, poultry and fish in separate plastic bags before placing in the tote. This will help prevent juices from leaking and contaminating your reusable totes and food.
- Place fresh or frozen raw meat, poultry and fish in separate totes from produce and ready-to-eat foods. A trick for this is using a color-coding system: lighter colors for produce and ready-to-eat foods and darker colored totes for meat, poultry and fish.
- Clean all areas where you place your totes, such as kitchen counter or table, to reduce cross contamination.
- Remember to store totes in a clean, dry location, and avoid leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning, visit our Reusable Tote Safety tips on www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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