Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Food Safety Steps Should Be a Part of Summertime Plans

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us. That means warm weather and barbeques -- and unfortunately, opportunities for food-borne illnesses.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ad Council to debut a multimedia public service campaign called Food Safe Families to help Americans prevent food-related illnesses in their homes.

Using the motto “Check Your Steps,” Food Safe Families would like to get consumers to adopt four very easy steps when preparing food:

1. Clean: Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food.
2. Separate: Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards.
3. Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
4. Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.

The USDA also has a place on its website that lists all food recalls and public health alerts that involve meat, poultry or processed egg products. Click here. It's a good resource for food safety information.

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