These tips for safe food handling were compiled from a wide range of sources, including federal and state government health agencies, medical and public health groups, consumer advocates and News21 reporting.
Who are my best contacts?
• It’s up to you and your doctor to report foodborne illness.
• Your state’s food safety division within the health or agriculture department can help.
Why is it important?
• You can better understand how to handle an illness quickly and effectively.
• Becoming familiar with the symptoms may help prevent serious complications.
• Be aware of potential safety risks at grocery stores, farmers markets and wholesalers.
• Know about recent recalls and keep raw and ready-to-eat food separated in your basket.
What should I know about risky foods?
• Certain foods often sold in stores or farmers markets are not always safe.
• Risky foods include unpasteurized dairy products, raw eggs and undercooked meat.
How can I protect myself?
• Avoid contamination from food handlers, other foods and the surrounding environment.
• Proper washing, cooking and storage will also help reduce contamination.