Have you ever wondered how long you can keep leftovers?  Or if you’ve cooked your chicken long enough?  One out of every six Americans will get food poisoning this year.  To help keep you and your family safe it is important to make sure you follow proper food handling procedures in the kitchen.

Following these four simple steps may help significantly reduce your risk of food poisoning:

  1. Wash hands often
  2. Separate ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs
  3. Cook to proper temperatures
  4. Refrigerate promptly at 40°F or below.

And as you’re preparing for the holidays, download the Holiday Helper guide and the Kitchen Safety Checklist from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to ensure you’re ready for a happy and healthy new year.

To learn more about the Home Food Safety program, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org, or download the free Is My Food Safe? app for mobile devices.






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