Most of us think we’re separating our food items efficiently especially when it comes to stocking up our refrigerator and freezer. However, separating when it comes to food safety goes beyond just that, and there are many aspects in both the kitchen and the grocery cart that we need to be aware of.
Follow these steps so you can learn how to safely separate your food items
Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood in the freezer in a sealed container or plastic bag to ensure juices don’t drip onto ready-to-eat foods and cause contamination. Click here to find out how to separate your food items in the fridge and freezer.
Keep eggs in original carton and store on the shelves of the refrigerator—not in the door.
Keep meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the grocery cart and fridge. Bacteria can spread if the juices of raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs drip onto ready-to-eat foods.
To prevent juices from raw foods flowing from one item to the other, do the following
- Use plastic bags for raw food items such as meat, poultry and seafood instead of reusable grocery bags to prevent the juices from contaminating the reusable bag.
- Use separate cutting boards for produce and for meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Juices can spread from one food item to the other if the same cutting board is used.
- Use separate utensils (plates, knives, etc.) for cooked foods, fruits, vegetables, raw meat and poultry as juices can spread through utensils as well.
- Place your ready-to-eat food items and your raw food items on separate surfaces on your kitchen top. Else, juices from the raw food items can spread to your ready-to-eat items.