Top 10 Food Safety Tips …
(ASHLEY WELCH, CBS NEWS)
Experts say to follow the mantra “when in doubt, throw it out.”
- Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator. The temperature should read 41 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or below.
- Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still “refrigerator cold.”
- Hands should be washed before preparing or eating food.
- Avoid cross-contamination, which is the transfer of harmful bacteria from one food to another. Never place any type of food on a plate, cutting board or utensil that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.
- When grilling foods, preheat the coals on your grill for 20-30 minutes or until the coals are lightly coated with ash. Grills should never be placed indoors.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure that food reaches a safe internal temperature.
- Hamburgers and ground poultry should be cooked to 160 F. Poultry parts: 170 F.
- Roasts, steaks and other large cuts of beef: 145 F (rare) and 160 F (medium).
- Fish should be cooked until the meat is opaque and flakes easily.
- Use sanitized food and water bowls for your pets and be sure that they do not drink from flood-contaminated surfaces.
- Never taste food to determine its safety. READ FULL POST AT CBS NEWS.