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How can I keep my kitchen free of listeria?

To keep your kitchen free of listeria, consider the following tips:

  • Keep cold foods cold, which means 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less in the refrigerator and 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less in the freezer.
  • Consume precooked and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible to reduce risk of listeria growth on them.
  • Keep individual foods wrapped or in containers with lids and avoid letting any leaking juices contaminate other food.
  • Keep your kitchen surfaces and refrigerator clean by washing regularly with warm soapy water followed by a kitchen sanitizer product, which can be found in the local grocery store.
  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds before and after food preparation.
  • Clean cutting boards with warm soapy water after each use.
  • Wash dishcloths and towels frequently on the hot cycle of the washing machine.

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