GERMS ARE THERE BECAUSE THE FOOD IS ALREADY SPOILED

GERMS ARE THERE BECAUSE THE FOOD IS ALREADY SPOILED

Check expiration dates before you buy and/or eat packaged food. And be aware that certain foods deteriorate even if they’ve been refrigerated and packaged properly.

COOK FOODS TO A SAFE TEMPERATURE

Recommended Safe Cooking Temperatures

For certain groups of people, including pregnant women, there are additional food safety recommendations. See here.

These food temperatures are for home use.

They are not intended for processing, institutional, or food-service preparation. Adapted from: US Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000.

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PREVENTION

Green mystery fuzz? Liquid lettuce? Yup. We’ve all seen it. The outer limit for keeping leftovers in the fridge is three days. Some things need to be eaten upor thrown out sooner. If in doubt, throw it out. Smelling won’t give you any answers, since some spoiled food smells fine.

Nononono! Don’t “taste test” food that you think might be a goner. What if you’re right?

Some bacteria produce bad chemicals that are not destroyed by cooking, even though the bacteria will be. So cooking at a high temperature isn’t going to solve the problem. Food that is spoiled should be thrown out!

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