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Health Tip: Keep Food Safe

Reduce your risk of food-borne illness

(HealthDay News) -- When bacteria or other germs set up shop in your food, they can make you quite sick.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these food-safety suggestions:

  • Refrigerate leftovers right away.
  • Make sure all foods are cooked thoroughly and to a sufficient temperature.
  • Don't expose raw meat to other foods.
  • Thoroughly wash hands after touching raw food, and always before preparing food.
  • Wash all kitchen utensils in hot water and soap.
  • Wash sponges, rags and dish towels frequently using the washer's hot cycle.
  • Wash all fresh produce before eating or preparing.
  • Refrigerate foods while marinating or defrosting, instead of leaving them on the counter.
  • Remove any leftover poultry stuffing and refrigerate.
  • Don't pack the fridge with too many groceries, which inhibit air circulation.
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