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Ensuring food safety at home is crucial to prevent foodborne illnesses and maintain the well-being of your family and yourself. Here are some essential food safety tips to follow:

1. Cleanliness:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before handling food and after handling raw meat, poultry, fish, or eggs.
  • Keep kitchen surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards clean by washing them with hot, soapy water after each use.
  • Clean fruits and vegetables under running water to remove dirt and bacteria.

2. Separation:

  • Keep raw meats, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw and cooked foods.
  • Store raw meats and seafood on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to prevent their juices from dripping onto other foods.

3. Cooking:

  • Cook meat, poultry, fish, and eggs thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria. Follow recommended cooking times and temperatures.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked eggs, meats, or seafood, as they may contain harmful pathogens.

4. Temperature:

  • Cook foods to their recommended internal temperatures to ensure they are safe to eat. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature.
  • Keep hot foods hot (above 140°F or 60°C) and cold foods cold (below 40°F or 4°C) to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly (within two hours) to prevent bacterial growth.