January 28, 2016 : Preventing Cross Contamination

Preventing Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is very important to be mindful or when working with raw meats, poultry and seafood. Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria from other foods, cutting boards, utensils, etc. if they are not handled properly. Here is a list of ways to reduce cross-contamination:

- Don’t wash your raw meat, poultry seafood prior to cooking. Contaminated water can splash on surfaces without you knowing.

-       -  Always use a clean cutting board.

-       -  Use separate cutting boards to cut up fresh produce and raw meats, poultry and seafood.

-       -  Never marinate food on the countertop. Instead marinate in the refrigerator.

-       -  Wash your hands and surfaces regularly with hot and soapy water.

-       -  Wash cutting boards, utensils and any other kitchen item that came in contact with the raw meat, poultry and seafood with hot, soapy water.

-       -  Wipe down counter surfaces with Sani Cloth wipes to disinfect.

-       -  To make sure that you have removed all raw meat residue, use Cross Check protein residue tests