Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Keep Foods Safe

Foodborne diseases are largely preventable. To help protect yourself and others from foodborne illness, take a few minutes to ensure foods are safe.

  • Wash hands, utensils, surfaces, and cutting boards after contackeep foods safet with raw meat or poultry and before touching other food.
  • Wash produce before you eat it.
  • Take a few extra minutes to make sure meat, poultry, and eggs are cooked thoroughly.
  • Don’t drink raw (unpasteurized) milk or eat soft cheeses made from it.
  • Make sure to check the Storage Times for the Refrigerator and FreezerExternal.
  • Report suspected foodborne illnesses to your local health department.

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Page last reviewed: October 26, 2015