How should I handle food?

The responsibility for the health of your guests may just be in your hands. Whether you are hosting a holiday function or are a guest who brings a dish, please keep these food tips in mind:

  • Be wary of eggnog or other foods containing uncooked eggs, especially if they are not kept refrigerated (Look for pasteurized eggs at the grocery store)
  • Go straight home from the grocery: Perishables shouldn’t sit in the car and refrigerate within 2 hours of purchase
  • Raw meat juices may leak from packaging. Wrap and store meats away from foods typically served uncooked (fruits/vegetables).
  • Select food items that are fresh and within date
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator and plan ahead - an average turkey can take up to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator

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1. Why is food safety important?
2. What are good temperature controls?
3. How can I keep things clean?
4. How should I handle food?