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Cleaning Tips for Food Safety

BEFORE... preparing, serving or eating food


  • Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, scrubbing for 20 seconds.
  • Wash fresh vegetables and fruits thoroughly
  • Clean and disinfect cutting boards and counter tops.

Hint: To disinfect, use liquid household bleach or a disinfectant (antibacterial) kitchen cleaner. Read and follow label directions.

Note: Only products that display an EPA registration number on the label are approved disinfectants or sanitizers.

Frequently...

  • Launder dish cloths and sponges.
  • Clean and Disenfect sinks and often-touched kitchen surfaces, like the handles on refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, faucets, drawers and cupboards.
  • Clean the insides of refrigerators and microwave ovens.

After...handeling raw meat, fish or poultry

  • Use paper towels to wipe up raw meat, fish or poultry juices. Discard the paper towels, then clean and disinfect any soiled surfaces, such as cutting boards and countertops.
  • Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, scrubbing for 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect dish cloths and sponges used to wipe up raw meat, fish or poultry.
    Thoroughly wash forks, knives, plates, platters, containers.

Hint: An antibacterial hand soap may provide extra protection against germs.

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