Separate - The Basics

Reviewed by Eleese Cunningham, RDN
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Bacteria can spread through cross-contamination. This occurs when raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs come in contact with ready-to-eat foods like bread and vegetables, so keep them separate.

  • When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, always use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
  • While shopping at the grocery store, keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other ready-to-eat foods in both the shopping cart and during bagging.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate in the refrigerator to prevent bacteria from spreading and the juices from dripping on ready-to-eat foods.

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