Updated: 11:46 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Posted: 10:57 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012
•Wash your hands with hot water and soap before preparing or serving food and after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
•Cook food to the proper internal temperature: at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit for beef, 180 degrees for poultry and 140 degrees for fish. Heat casseroles to at least 165 degrees. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature.
•Dangerous bacteria can easily be spread from raw to cooked foods. To avoid cross-contamination, don’t put cooked meat back on the platter that held it when it was raw, and don’t use the same utensils to handle raw and cooked foods.
•Promptly refrigerate foods to a temperature of 40 degrees or colder.
•Cook hotdogs and luncheon meats until they’re steaming.
•Don’t eat foods that may contain raw eggs, and don’t eat raw honey. Children under 1 year shouldn’t eat honey at all.
•Wash all raw fruits, vegetables and herbs with cold, running water. Don’t eat raw vegetable sprouts, such as alfalfa sprouts.
Source: National Institutes of Health