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Shopping and Storage

Shopping safe...
  • 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


Milk, Cheese, and Dairy Products

Make sure that milk and milk products have been pasteurized, to kill harmful bacteria.



Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • 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


When You Get Home
  • 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  • Any out-of-date products should be thrown out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!

THE CORE FOUR

There are four easy steps to protect you from foodborne illness: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, and CHILL.

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