Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

15. How can I keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate?

To prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria, separate raw and ready-to-eat foods while shopping and when preparing or storing them. When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Use one cutting board for fresh fruits and vegetables and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Don't place cooked food on a plate that held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs unless you first wash the plate with hot, soapy water.