Tip of the Day
On-the-Go Eating: Bacteria Lurks Everywhere
Between dropping kids off at school, commuting to and from work, and finding free time to enjoy the outdoors or other activities, Americans are forced to eat meals and snacks away from home. Whether it's a packed lunch, a picnic or restaurant takeout, avoid food poisoning by taking the proper precautions.
Wondering how to keep on-the-go food both delicious and safe?
- Wash hands often and always wash hands before you eat.
- Do not keep perishable foods out of refrigerator more than two hours (one hour in hot weather above 90°F).
- Hosting a barbecue? Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat items like produce and bread.
- Always use two cutting boards! One for raw meat and the other for produce and other ready-to-eat foods.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to the proper internal temperature, and don't forget to reheat leftovers properly, too.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning, visit our On-the-Go Dining section and HomeFoodSafety.org.
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