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How can I prevent food poisoning in warm weather?

To prevent food poisoning in warm weather:
  • Keep cold foods “really cold” and hot foods, hot.
  • If in doubt, toss it out
  • Keep raw meats and raw seafood away from other foods in your shopping cart and during food preparation in your kitchen
  • Only buy “refrigerated” pre-sliced fruits and vegetables and look for an expiration date
  • Keep marinated meat in the refrigerator till you’re ready to cook it
  • Always scrub fruits and vegetables before and after peeling, and before eating
  • Never defrost meat on the counter
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked through to the center
  • Consider serving vinegar or tomato-based dips, if they are going to sit out for a while. Otherwise keep creamy dips cool in ice baths.
  • Wash hands before, during and after preparation and before eating food.

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