Food Safety

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from eating contaminated food. Learn how you can avoid foodborne illness with these helpful tips.

  • Rethink eating that pizza left out from last night. Perishable food should not be out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. 
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Hot food should remain at 140° F or above and cold foods should remain at 40° F or below. 
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator, not the counter. Use a thermometer to make sure your meat and poultry is cooked to a safe temperature. 
  • Keep your cooking and food storage area clean. Wash hands and surfaces often. 
  • Think you have a foodborne illness? Make an appointment with the Health Center if you have a fever, blood in stool, prolonged vomiting, signs of dehydration, or diarrheal illness that last more than 3 days.

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