Healthy Children - July 2013


Play it Safe with Food

Know how to prepare, handle, and store food safely to keep you and your family safe:

  • Clean hands, food-contact surfaces, fruits and vegetables. To avoid spreading bacteria to other foods, meat and poultry should not be washed or rinsed.
  • Separate raw, cooked, and ready-to-eat foods while shopping, preparing, or storing.
  • Cook meat, poultry, and fish to safe internal temperatures to kill microorganisms.
  • Chill perishable foods promptly, thaw foods in the refrigerator, and heat foods to their required temperatures. Here's a few guidelines:
    • Whole poultry - Heat to 180°F
    • Poultry breasts - Heat to 170°F
    • Stuffing, ground poultry, leftovers - Heat to 165°F
    • Meats (medium), egg dishes, pork, and other ground meats - Heat to 160°F
    • Beef steaks, roasts, veal, lamb (medium rare) - Heat to 145°F
    • Hot foods - Hold at 140°F
    • Refrigerated goods - Cool to 40°F
    • Frozen goods - Cool to 0°F