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AT A GLANCE BY SHELLEY FLANNERY

SERVING UP SAFETY
How to protect yourself from seven places that danger
lurks in your kitchen

The kitchen may be the
heart of your home, but it's
also an epicenter for injury
and illness. The good news is that it
doesn't have to be that way.
"With minimal knowledge of crosscontamination and kitchen safety, you
can have confidence in the kitchen," says
J. Stan Bailey, PhD, retired chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture's
Agricultural Research Service.
Here are the biggest hazards in your
kitchen and how to keep yourself and
your family safe and happily fed.

Dishwasher

3 Turn up the temp. Dishwashers
should reach a final rinse temperature
of 150 F to properly kill bacteria. But
make sure you let your dishes cool
before removing them to avoid burns.
3 Load knives blade-side down. The
same goes for meat thermometers and
other sharp objects.

Countertop

3 Put it away. Perishable

food should never be left out
on the counter for more than
an hour. Thaw frozen foods in
the fridge, and always refrigerate marinating meats.

3 Get on board. Use sepa-

rate cutting boards for meat,
produce and cheese to avoid
cross-contamination.

Refrigerator

3 Check the temperature. Set your

refrigerator to 40 F and your freezer
to 0 F. Use a thermometer if you think
your fridge isn't cooling properly.

3 Move meat to the bottom. To

avoid meat juices dripping onto other
foods, store raw meat in plastic bags
on the bottom shelf.

3 Don't let leftovers linger. Toss

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uneaten leftovers after three or four
days, and regularly check the dates on
packaged products, too.



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