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Whether Donating or Receiving Food this Thanksgiving, Everyone Can be Thankful for Food Safety

Whether Donating or Receiving Food This Thanksgiving, Everyone Can Be Thankful for Food Safety

Thanksgiving is a time when many people give back, including volunteering to prepare holiday meals or donating food to those who are less fortunate.

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What’s Your Food Safety Plan for Hurricane Season?

A plan can help keep you and your family safe from foodborne illness during prolonged power outages and flood damage.

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E. coli and Food Safety

Although most kinds of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Learn about E. coli and what you can do to help lower your chances of infection.

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Three Ways to Keep Food Safe When You Lose Power

Learn essential tips for keeping food safe during a power outage.

4 Simple Steps to Food Safety

Clean

Wash hands, utensils and surfaces often. Germs can spread and survive in many places.

Separate

Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods, so keep them separate.

Cook

Cook to the right temperature. Ensure that foods are cooked safely by always using a food thermometer.

Chill

Refrigerate promptly. Bacteria that cause food poisoning multiply quickest between 40°F and 140°F.

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