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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. It's simple!;
  • 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 harmful bacteria:

  • 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 degrees F. 
  • Refrigerate foods within 2 hours.
  • Never defrost meat, poultry and seafood at room temperature. Always defrost in the refrigerator. 

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