Health Tip: Store Refrigerated Food Safely

Refrigeration can help keep food safe from germs and prevent food-borne illnesses, and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests 9 refrigeration tips.

(HealthDay News) — Refrigeration can help keep food safe from germs and prevent food-borne illnesses.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these refrigeration tips:

    • Marinate food in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature. Bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature.
    • Never reuse marinating liquid unless you bring it to a rapid boil first to kill any germs.
    • Clean the refrigerator often and wipe spills immediately to reduce the growth of bacteria.
    • Prevent drips from thawing meat that can allow germs from one food to spread to another.
    • Cover foods in the refrigerator.
    • Check leftovers daily for spoilage.
    • Store eggs in the carton in the refrigerator itself rather than on the door, where the temperature is warmer.
    • Always check expiration dates.
    • If food looks at all questionable or is past its expiration date, throw it out.

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