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Separate — Don’t Cross Contaminate!

Separate — Don’t Cross Contaminate!

Cross-contamination means that germs have moved from one food to another. For example, if raw meat touches other foods you’ll eat fresh, like bread, lettuce or fruits, you could get sick.

At the store

  • In your grocery story cart and bags, keep raw meat, poultry, seafood — and their juices — away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Open cartons of eggs before buying to make sure none ore broken. Make sure the store clerk places your eggs in a separate bag. Handle gently.

At home

  • When you get home, store raw meat, poultry, and fish on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator so that their juices don’t drip onto other foods. Or you can place a plate under them to catch their juices.
  • Keep at least two cutting boards. Always use one cutting board for raw meat, poultry, and fish. Always use the other cutting board for bread and clean, fresh produce.
  • Never place cooked food on an unwashed plate that has held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. For example, when grilling, use one plate to carry raw meat to the grill. Use another plate to carry meat as it comes off the grill.
Last updated: 01/18/13