Food Safety Education Month 2022

September is National Food Safety Education Month. We are focusing this year on helping you avoid cross-contamination. What is cross-contamination? Cross-contamination is when harmful germs spread from one food to another. Cross-contamination can occur when food, cutting boards, or utensils aren’t properly cleaned and handled. Raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood can spread germs to prepared-to-eat food, such as salads and already-cooked foods. These germs include Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, and E. coli. They can cause illness and even death. Food poisoning is a severe illness that affects 48 million Americans each year. However, you can protect yourself and your family from becoming ill. Cross-contamination can be avoided by keeping raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat food (ready-to-eat foods). Here are some tips to prevent cross-contamination from the grocery store to your plate.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

Separate raw meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and eggs from any other food items in your shopping cart.

You should keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from other foods in your refrigerator.

Never wash chicken or turkey raw.

One cutting board/plate for raw meat, poultry, and seafood, and one for produce, bread, and other food that will not be cooked (ready-to-eat foods).

Use one cutting board if you have one. Cut produce, bread, and other ready-to-eat foods first, then rinse the cutting board with hot water and soap before cutting meat, poultry, or seafood.

After touching raw meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, or other animal products, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

After preparing raw meats, poultry, eggs, or seafood, wash your cutting boards and utensils with hot soapy water.

Marinate raw meats, poultry, and seafood in the marinade. Once the marinade is boiled, you can reuse it on the food.

Cooked meats, poultry, seafood, and fish should be kept separate from raw meats, poultry, and seafood.

This Wednesday is the first day of fall, which means it’s time for some fall-inspired recipes. This recipe features fall favorites such as maple syrup, apples, and pecans. It also includes food safety tips. Remember to keep the raw chicken, its juices, and any other items they may have touched away from ready-to-eat food, such as apples, kale, and pecans.


Hands washed with warm soapy water for at most 20 seconds.

Preheat your oven to 425°F

Run water to rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes. Do not use soap or produce washes. Then dry the potatoes with a paper towel and peel them.

Cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes using a knife and a clean cutting board.

Toss the sweet potato cubes into a baking dish. Add one tablespoon of olive oil.


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