For how long can we keep food at room temperature?

Always refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours.

Is there a risk of bacterial growth after cooking food?

Yes! The possibility of bacterial growth increases as food cools after cooking. Bacteria grow most as the temperature reaches the danger zone (5-60 °C).

For how long can leftovers be kept in the refrigerator?

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge 3 to 4 days.

What is the important step to be done after washing hands?

Drying with a clean cloth or paper towel, as wet hands allow bacteria to grow.

How can we thaw frozen food safely?

Three ways: refrigerator (best way), cold water, and microwave. Never thaw foods on the counter.

How should we clean fruits and vegetables?

Rinse and scrub raw fruits and vegetables under running water to remove germs and soil, then dry. Do not use soap, detergents, or bleach solutions!

Can we use the same plate/utensils that held raw food to serve the cooked?

No! Any bacteria present in raw food can contaminate the safely cooked product.

Why not wash meat, poultry, and eggs?

Washing can actually help spread bacteria! As their juices might splash onto you sinks and countertops.

Where and how should we place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in the fridge?

Place them in sealed plastic bags/containers and at the bottom of the fridge to prevent their juices from dripping or leaking onto other foods.

Can color and texture tell if your food is done?

You need a thermometer to make sure your food is done by placing it in the thickest part of food.

Does freezing food destroy harmful bacteria?

Freezing only keeps food safe until you can cook it.

How can I avoid foodborne illness and food poisoning?

The four most important points to remember are:

  1. Wash your hands frequently
  2. Cook to proper temperatures
  3. Refrigerate foods promptly
  4. Avoid cross contamination