Safe Food Handling: What You Need to Know

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Source: Food and Drug Administration

Last Reviewed: March 2017

Workgroups: Food Safety Workgroup

This fact sheet provides information for consumers on safe food handling to protect against foodborne illnesses. It includes information about the causes and effects of foodborne illnesses and guidance on how to protect against them. Specific guidance includes:

  • Handling food safely
  • Cleaning hands and surfaces
  • Separating raw meats from other foods
  • Cooking to the right temperature
  • Using proper refrigeration
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2017). Food facts: safe food handling: what you need to know. Retrieved from