Cross-contamination is how bacteria spreads from one food product to another. This is especially true for raw meat, poultry and seafood. Experts caution to keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
1. Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other food in the grocery shopping cart or on the counter.
2. Store raw meat, poultry and seafood on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so juices don’t drip onto other foods. Be sure packaging is complete and safe.
3. If possible, use one cutting board for raw meat products and another one for salads and other foods which are ready to be eaten.
4. Always wash your hands, cutting boards, knives and other utensils with hot soapy water after they come in contact with raw meat, poultry and seafood.
5. Never place cooked food on a plate which previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood. If you take a plate of meat to the BBQ don't use the same plate to return the cooked food to the kitchen.