What you can do
The Fight BAC!® Campaign focuses on the four simple steps you can take to fight
foodborne bacteria and reduce the risk of foodborne illness for you and your family.
- Clean: wash hands and surfaces often
- Separate: don't cross contaminate by using the same utensils on raw meat and cooked
meat or raw vegetables
- Cook: to proper temperatures
- Chill: refrigerate promptly
Here are some additional helpful tips to keep you and your family free from
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Use plastic or non porous cutting boards.
- Wash your cloth kitchen towels often and in a hot cycle.
- Do not use a plate that previously held raw meats, poultry, or seafood without
first washing it in hot soapy water.
- Make sure to use a food thermometer to see if your meat has cooked to a
safe temperature. They work well for burgers and cuts of meat.
- Always use a clean food thermometer.
- Don't eat any cookie dough that has raw eggs in it.
- When microwaving make sure that the food is heated thoroughly and that
there are no cold spots in the food.
- Put foods that need to be kept cold in the refrigerator as soon as possible
to keep bacteria from multiplying.
- Set your refrigerator no higher than 40 degrees F and your freezer at 0
- Refrigerate foods within 2 hours.
- Never defrost meat, poultry and seafood at room temperature. Always defrost
in the refrigerator.
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