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5 Easy Ways to Prevent Food Poisoning




There are more than 3M US cases of food poisoning reported a year.      

 Food Poisoning isn’t pretty. Protect yourself. 




  1. If food has been sitting out of the refrigerator for more than two hours, toss it. Bacteria doubles every 20 minutes after that.  
  2. Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, not the counter 
  3. DON’T rinse poultry- Many lab studies show that at least 83% of raw poultry is contaminated with salmonella or campylobacter bacteria.  Washing it before cooking it significantly increases the chances of spreading it to your sink and countertop. You’re safer just cooking it throughly. Check the temperature of your meat. Poultry cooked at 148 degrees for 3 minutes  kills 99.999999% of salmonella. 
  4. Wash ALL fruits and vegetables. Fruits and Vegetables are susceptible to disease causing microorganisms, which can escape to the pulp inside when being cut.  Berries and leafy greens should be soaked in water for 2 minutes; for extra safety, add lemon juice to the water. 
  5. Avoid salad bars  and buffets at restaurants. Half of food borne illnesses are linked to restaurant dishes- and the riskiest ones are those that sit out for longer than 2 hours. If you love buffets pick a busy restaurant, where food trays are frequently refilled. 


For the latest list of foods that may be contaminated visit the FDA website. Foodsaftey.gov 












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