Food Safety

The Partnership for Food Safety Education lists four basic steps to help prevent foodborne illness: CleanCookChill and Separate.

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – Fight Bac Fact Sheet

  • Clean (video)- Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils, and cutting boards. Remember, clean hands and surfacesnot meat and poultry!
  • Cook (video): The only way to know food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.
  • Chill (video): Keep cold foods cold. Thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the counter. Marinade food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • Separate (video): Separate raw meats from ready to eat foods like fruits and vegetables.

For even more video learning, the University of Wisconsin Extension FoodWIse program has multi-language videos on topics like safe handling of leftovers, food product dating, and much more!

Review the basic four steps to keep you and your family food-safe. Stay well and food-safe, Barb