FDA Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays

Combating bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminants in our food supply is a high priority for the U.S. FDA. But consumers have a role to play, too. We have put together some food safety tips to keep you and your family healthy.

Your Role

Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. Wash food-contact surfaces with hot, soapy water. Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly.


Keep raw eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from foods that won’t be cooked. Consider using one cutting board only for foods that will be cooked and another one for those that will not.


Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Bring sauces, soups, and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.


Refrigerate foods quickly because harmful bacteria grow rapidly at room temperature. Never defrost food at room temperature. Allow the correct amount of time to properly thaw food.


For More Information FDA Food Information Line: 1888-SAFEFOOD  (1-888-723-3366)

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