10 Commandments of Food Safety

How many are you following?
Every year 76 million Americans get sick from food, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against foodborne illness, but there are some simple precautions that help to reduce your risk. Below are our “10 Commandments of Food Safety”—basically the advice that we keep hearing again and again from food-safety experts. How many do you follow?

* 1. Use a “refrigerator thermometer” to keep my food stored at a safe temperature (below 40°F).

* 2. Defrost food in the refrigerator, the microwave or in cold water, never on the counter.

* 3. Always use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/fish and produce/cooked foods.

* 4. Always cook meat to proper temperatures, using a calibrated instant-read thermometer to make sure.

* 5. Avoid unpasteurized (“raw”) milk and cheeses made from unpasteurized milk that are aged less than 60 days.

* 6. Never eat “runny” eggs or foods, such as cookie dough, that contain raw eggs.

* 7. Always wash your hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food and after touching raw meat, poultry or eggs.

* 8. Always heat leftover foods to 165°F.

* 9. Never eat meat, poultry, eggs or sliced fresh fruits and vegetables that have been left out for more than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures hotter than 90°F).

* 10. Whenever there’s a food recall, check products stored at home to make sure they are safe.