|Food safety is often not considered. Infections with food-related illnesses affect millions…sometimes resulting in hospitalizations and death. Taking the following steps could protect you and your family from illness.
Thoroughly Scrub Your Hands:
Wash Your Hands - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Prior to preparing food.
- Prior to eating food.
- After using the toilet.
- After changing a diaper.
- After touching an animal.
- After caring for a sick person.
- After touching garbage.
- After handling meat or poultry.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be working properly.
- Refrigerator temperature should be between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the freezer 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Counters, cutting boards, and utensils should be kept clean with hot soap and water, especially after preparing poultry and meats.
- Fruits and vegetables should be washed prior to eating.
- Cook all meats to recommended temperatures.
Food Safety & Health - University of Wisconsin-Madison / UW-Extension
- Hot food must be kept hot and cold food, cold.
- Fresh meat and poultry should be refrigerated and used within 5 days or frozen.
- Fresh fish should be used within 1-2 days and kept refrigerated or frozen.
- Never leave fresh meat, poultry, milk, eggs and cheese out of the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours.
- Thaw frozen fish, meat, and poultry either in the refrigerator, under quickly running water, or in the microwave.
- Hot leftover food should be cooled in the refrigerator in a shallow container. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap once cooled.
Eating Your Catch - Making Healthy Choices - WI Dept. of Natural Resources
- Put raw meats and poultry in a plastic bag prior to placing it in your cart.
- Avoid buying foods past expiration or the “sell-by” date.
- Refrigerated and frozen foods should be placed in your cart last.
- Torn and leaking packages should never be chosen.
- Perishable items should be placed in air conditioned car and never in trunk.
- Drive home immediately after grocery shopping.
- If the drive home will take longer than 30 minutes, bring a cooler.
Eating Safe Fish - WI Dept. of Health Services
Information on Food Recalls:
Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts - U.S. Food and Drug Administration