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Kitchen Safety Checklist
A clean, organized kitchen is a main defense against food poisoning. When cleaning your kitchen, be certain you are food-safety savvy and make sure you:
- Change your dishtowels and dishcloths every few days
- Clean up splatters in your microwave immediately with hot, soapy water
- Wash cutting boards thoroughly in hot, soapy water after each use or place in dishwasher
- Clean your refrigerator each week, throwing away expired foods
- Thaw foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter
- Rotate foods in your freezer and pantry with the oldest foods in front
- Check foods in cans and jars for bulging or leaking before opening
When it comes to food safety, make sure you are addressing each of these issues and more. Anything less and you’re putting yourself and your family at risk for foodborne illness.
For more information keeping your family safe from foodborne illness, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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Reviewed November 2012