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Food Storage:

Raw meats, poultry, and seafood should always be stored in a manner that will keep it from dripping onto other foods. Raw foods should always be stored below other foods, but may also be placed in a container such as a plate or tray to prevent cross-contamination.

Cleaning Surfaces:

Cleaning surfaces before, during and after use will help prevent cross-contamination. Here are a few tips to help you combat cross-contamination:
  • Use different cutting boards for raw meat products and salad items
    • Use a plastic or non-porous cutting board
    • Cutting boards should be run through the dishwasher or washed with hot, soapy water after each use
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that has previously been used for raw meats (unless it has been thoroughly washed)
  • Wash all dishes and utensils in the dishwasher or with hot-soapy water
    • Make sure to thoroughly scrape off leftover food before washing
  • You may sanitize dishes, utensils, and surfaces using bleach water. For every gallon of water use ½ to 1 capful of bleach.
    • To sanitize dishes and utensils submerge them in bleach water for 30 seconds
    • To sanitize surfaces use a cloth that has been saturated in bleach water

    Remember: items must be washed and rinsed before sanitizing

  • Use paper towels, soap, and hot water to clean kitchen surfaces. Promptly dispose of paper towels after use. Freshly-cleaned sponges or cloths may also be used, but paper towels are recommended.
Did You Know that the average used kitchen sponge has 7.2 billion bacteria?

To keep your sponge clean:
  • Replace your sponge every week
  • Remove organic material and let the sponge dry completely between uses
  • Run the sponge through the dishwasher
  • Place a wet sponge in the microwave oven for 1 minute

    To keep your kitchen cloths clean wash them in the washing machine and dry them on high heat.

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Did You Know?
The average used kitchen sponge has 7.2 billion bacteria.
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