Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is foodborne illness?
  2. How do foodborne illnesses affect older adults?
  3. What steps can I take to avoid foodborne illness when handling and preparing food?
  4. How often should I wash my hands to avoid foodborne illness?
  5. Which foods should I wash before preparing or eating them?
  6. What foods should older adults avoid to reduce the chance of getting foodborne illness?
  7. What are the recommended cooking temperatures for foods?
  8. What is the proper way to store perishable food?
  9. Why is it important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold?
  10. What are the best temperatures for storing cold food?
  11. How soon should I store leftovers and ready-to-eat meals?
  12. How long should I keep leftovers?
  13. What's the best way to thaw frozen food?
  14. What about reheating food?
  15. How can I keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate?
  16. How can I avoid foodborne illness when eating out?
  17. What do "Sell-By," “Use-By,” and "Best If Used By" dates on food tell me?
  18. What foods should I avoid when eating out?
  19. What should I do if I think I have a foodborne illness?
  20. Where can I get more information about foodborne illness?

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