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What food safety precautions should I take in my home kitchen?

Keeping your kitchen and work area clean can help protect your family from food borne illness. Follow these steps when preparing foods in your home kitchen.

  • Control Time and Temperature. Food that has been allowed to remain at temperatures prime for bacterial growth can be harmful when eaten. Keep foods out of the danger zone as much as possible. The danger zone is 41 to 140F.
  • Practice Good Personal Hygiene. Anyone who is helping to prepare food must practice proper hand washing techniques. Cuts, burns, and sores must be cleaned and covered as well.
  • Prevent Cross-Contamination. Do not allow raw food to come in contact with cooked or ready to eat foods. Wash your hands after handling raw food, as well as all surfaces the raw food comes in contact with such as cutting boards, knives, and other utensils.



Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services






Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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