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Health Tip: Help Prevent Foodborne Illness

Suggestions to try at the grocery store

(HealthDay News) -- The way you shop for groceries can affect your risk of contracting a foodborne illness.

The American Dietetic Association offers these food-shopping tips:

  • Fill your cart first with non-perishable items, saving meat, dairy and other foods that can spoil for last.
  • Choose fresh produce that's sold in loose pieces, rather than in packages.
  • Make sure dairy products aren't past their "sell-by" dates.
  • Choose meat, poultry and fish carefully, purchasing only the freshest cuts from a grocer you trust.
  • Have your meat, fish and poultry put in bags that are separate from other foods.
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