Food Safety Guidelines

Some foods may be safe to consume past their product date, while others may go bad before they’ve reached it. This is because foodborne pathogens can contaminate foods that aren't properly stored and handled.

Bacteria may leave noticeable signs of food spoilage such as mold or unusual tastes and odors. These foods should not be eaten. Other types of bacteria don’t always leave clear signs, which makes food safety important in reducing your risk of getting sick.

To properly store and handle foods, always wash your hands, separate raw meat and poultry from ready-to-eat items, cook food to proper temperatures and refrigerate edible items promptly. Check the shelf life of foods with the free app, Is My Food Safe?, to help track the items in your kitchen and reduce your risk of food poisoning.

And remember, if you aren't sure how old something is or if it is safe to eat: When in doubt, throw it out!

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