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​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.

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