Thanksgiving Food Safety

Clean and Sanitize Your Counter and Kitchen Equipment

Make sure you don't take shortcuts. Bacteria on raw poultry can contaminate other surfaces and utensils during preparation and can be transferred to other foods. Always wash your hands, counters and utensils after touching raw turkey before you begin preparing other foods. Cleaning involves removing dirt and grime, while sanitizing is the process of removing pathogens. Soap and water will get your kitchen clean, but it's not enough to get rid of pathogens. After washing the counter surface with soap and water, you should then wash the counter again using a disinfecting bleach solution. Experts recommend you take this extra step every time you come into contact with raw meat. Sanitizing your countertop and kitchen utensils will prevent any cross-contamination.

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November 13, 2014

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November 13, 2014