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Chicken- Food Safety

Image of Whole Chicken
May 01
  By lundeenh

You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Cold temperatures limit their growth and thorough cooking destroys them.

❁ Eat or refrigerate pre-cooked chicken within 2 hours of purchase.

❁ Keep raw chicken cold from store or market to home; add to your cart just before check-out.

❁ Keep raw chicken away from other food, especially raw fruits and vegetables.

❁ Thaw in the refrigerator; use a container to catch any liquids. To thaw faster, cover package with cold water or microwave on defrost; cook immediately.

❁ Do not wash chicken; it can spread bacteria to all surfaces the water touches.

❁ Use hot soapy water to wash hands and all surfaces and utensils that touch raw chicken.

❁ Cook chicken thoroughly. It should reach at least 165 degrees F in the thickest part.

❁ The cooked meat of frozen chicken can sometimes appear dark near the bone. It is safe to eat.