Food Safety at Home
Keep these food safety myths out of your kitchen
Myth: It is okay to put meat out on the counter to thaw faster.
Truth: The safest way to thaw frozen meat is in the refrigerator. Bacteria can grow on meat that is left to thaw at room temperature.
Myth: You should wash your turkey before you cook it.
Truth: Do not wash or rinse your turkey before cooking it. Washing can increase the chance of spreading bacteria.
Myth: You can leave cooked food out for over 2 hours before it is unsafe to eat.
Truth: Throw out any cooked food that has sat at room temperature for more than 2 hours. You can’t tell if food is contaminated by the way it looks, smells, or tastes.
Myth: You can tell when meat is thoroughly cooked by looking at it.
Truth: Colour can’t always tell you if meat is okay to eat. The best way to know if your food is ready is by using a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of the meat is cooked to the correct internal temperature.
Make eating out safe, too
Before heading out to a restaurant, check out our Inspection Reports.