Milk, Cheese, and Dairy Products
- Pick up refrigerated/frozen items right before heading to the checkout and get them home ASAP
- Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from other foods in a plastic bag so liquids won't cross–contaminate other foods
- If you live more than 30 minutes away from the store, pack perishables in a cooler with ice
- In warm weather, keep perishable items inside the car, in the A.C., and not in the trunk
- Never choose packages that are torn or leaking
- Don't buy foods past "sell–by" or expiration dates
Make sure that milk and milk products have been pasteurized, to kill harmful bacteria.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
When You Get Home
- Make sure that fresh cut fruits and veggies are refrigerated at the store
- Select produce that is not bruised or damaged
- Keep fresh fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs
- Fresh-squeezed juices should be pasteurized; if not pasteurized, these juices should be refrigerated.
If you are at risk for foodborne illness, avoid any unpasteurized juices
- Store food in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below
- Place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in sealed containers and store at the bottom of the fridge, below other foods
- Always store eggs in their original carton
- Refrigerate all cut fresh fruits and vegetables within 2 hours
- As an extra measure, wash prewashed produce just before eating
- Even if you plan to peel produce, you should wash it before eating
- Any out-of-date products should be thrown out
- Weekly refrigerator purges are a great way to keep your food safe!