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Health Tip: Separate Foods

To prevent cross-contamination

(HealthDay News) -- Raw meat can spread germs to other foods, so it's best to store and cook different foods separately.

The foodsafety.gov website suggests:

  • Designate separate cutting boards; one just for produce, and another for meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Use separate plates as well, and always wash the plates after use.
  • At the grocery, put poultry, eggs, seafood and meat in separate plastic bags away from the rest of the food.
  • Keep poultry, meat, seafood and eggs in these separate bags inside the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Store eggs in the carton in the main part of the refrigerator, rather than in the door.
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