K-State Extension Food Safety
Four Steps to Food Safety

Separate cutting boardsPrevent Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods, cutting boards, utensils, etc., if they are not handled properly. This is especially true when handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood, so keep these foods and their juices away from already cooked or ready-to-eat foods and fresh produce. When handling foods, it is important to Be Smart, Keep Foods Apart -- Don't Cross-Contaminate.

Refrigerate Foods Promptly

Keeping cold foods cold is an important food safety practice.  The is one of the most important appliances in the kitchen.  Consumers take it for granted until an emergency occurs such as a power outage.  Keep your foods cold with these tips.

Cook Foods to Proper Temperatures

Food thermometers are an essential tool in cooking.  As a measure of food safety, thermometers are used to determine the temperature of various meats and other foods to insure their safety.  Below are some references to select and use food thermometers.

Keep Hands Clean

One of the most important foodborne illness prevention practices is handwashing.  This practice can prevent many cases of cross-contamination which leads to foodborne illness.  Here are some tools to help remind consumers to wash their hands.