No Crossovers

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Topics: Food Safety
No Crossovers

Before you blame a flu bug for an upset stomach, consider that foodborne illness often starts at home.

How can you avoid it? Frequent handwashing, proper cooking temperatures, and prompt refrigeration, for starters. Just as important is to keep food safe from cross contamination. Always separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood, which may harbor "unfriendly" bacteria, from food that's ready to eat.

How well do you prevent food-borne crossovers? Do you ...

  • Use one utensil to taste, another to prepare food.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood on your bottom refrigerator shelf to make sure their juices don't drip onto other foods.
  • Always use separate plates: one for raw meat, poultry, or seafood, another for cooked foods.
  • Use two cutting boards: one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood; the other for bread, fruit, vegetables, and other foods that are ready to eat.
  • Before using them again, wash knives and mixing spoons.
  • Keep clean-hands, dishcloths, counters.
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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