Food Safety FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Food Safety Issues

Foodborne Illness and Food Preparation FAQs

General bulletWhat can I do to protect myself from food poisoning? bulletWhat should you do if you have a problem with a food product? bulletWhat food and drugs can cause severe side effects when taken during the same time period? bulletWhy should older people be especially concerned about food safety? bulletWhat food safety advice is there for persons with AIDS? bulletIs irradiated food safe? How is it labeled? bulletWhy is it important to use a cooking thermometer?

Foodborne Pathogens bulletWhat are the bacteria that cause foodborne illness? bulletWhat types of food poisoning are associated with seafood? bulletWhat is BSE or Mad Cow Disease and is it a health problem in the United States?

FOODBORNE ILLNESS

bulletWhat is the proper temperature for my refrigerator? bulletHow long can leftover food be left out of the refrigerator? bulletHow often should I sanitize my kitchen sink drains and disposal?   bulletWhy shouldn't I taste a sample of cookie dough before baking it? bulletWhat is the best way to clean kitchen counters? bulletWhat is the safest way to defrost meat, poultry, and fish products? bulletWhat safety tips do you have for purchasing food through the mails? bulletIs a slow cooker safe? bulletHow long can you store food in a refrigerator or freezer? bulletHow can you keep "take-out" food safe? bulletWhat do the dates on food packages mean? bulletHow should you select and use cutting boards? bulletHow do you safely prepare food for bag lunches or picnics? bulletHow do you safely prepare school lunches?

Eggs bulletWhat is the safest way to handle and prepare eggs?

Oysters bulletWhy should some people avoid eating raw oysters? bulletWhich people are most at risk for foodborne illness by eating raw oysters?

Meat and Poultry bulletHow do you safely prepare hot dogs | corned beef | ground beef | giblets | egg products | ham | turkey | ratites (emu, ostrich, rhea) | sausage | fresh pork

Bean Sprouts bulletWhat are the food safety concerns with sprouts?  

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