Raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can spread illness-causing bacteria to ready-to-eat foods if you don’t keep them separate.
Remember these helpful tips to avoid cross contamination:
- Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a different one for raw meat, poultry or seafood.
- Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
- When storing in your refrigerator, place raw meat, poultry and seafood in sealed bags or containers to prevent their liquids from contaminatingotherfood and surfaces.
- If you are not planning to use these foods within a few days, they should be kept frozen.
Visit fsis.usda.gov to learn more tips on why cross contamination matters.