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

Foodborne Illness and Food Preparation FAQs

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

    Foodborne Pathogens

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


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


  • What is the safest way to handle and prepare eggs?


  • Why should some people avoid eating raw oysters?
  • Which people are most at risk for foodborne illness by eating raw oysters?

    Meat and Poultry

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

    Bean Sprouts

  • What are the food safety concerns with sprouts?

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