Follow steps to food safety

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2002

September is National Food Safety Education Month, an annual observance to focus attention on the importance of safe food handling in both home and commercial kitchens. This year's theme is "Four Steps to Safety."

Clean -- Everything that touches food should be clean.

Separate -- Fight cross-contaminiation by using separate cutting boards and utensils for different types of food.

Cook -- Use a food thermometer in cooking to make sure food reaches a high enough temperature to destroy bacteria.

Chill -- Make sure that the temperature in the refrigerator is 40 degrees or below and that the freezer is set at 0 degrees or below. Harmful bacteria grow most rapidly between 40 degrees and 140 degrees.

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