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Departments » Health & Human Services-Public Health » Communicable Disease Control
Food Safety

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:
  • 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.
Wash Your Hands - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food Preparation:
  • 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 Storing:
  • 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.
Food Safety & Health - University of Wisconsin-Madison / UW-Extension

  • 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 Your Catch - Making Healthy Choices - WI Dept. of Natural Resources
Choosing Which Fish to Eat - WI Dept. of Health Services

Information on Food Recalls:

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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