Don't wait ... Refrigerate!
Proper storage maintains quality and prevents contamination from unintentional and intentional sources.
- Wash hands as soon as you return home.
- Refrigerate or freeze meat, fish and poultry immediately. Freezers should be 0° F.
- Refrigerate dairy products immediately. Refrigerator temperature should be below 41° F.
- Use a refrigerator/freezer thermometers to assure your refrigerator and freezer are at the correct temperature and regularly check the temperatures.
- Store meat, fish and poultry in plastic bags or on a plate, and place on lowest shelf of refrigerator to prevent raw juices from dripping onto other foods.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 15 seconds before and after handling raw meat, poultry or seafood products.
- Store canned goods in a cool, clean, dry place. Put recent purchases in back of older items.
- Store fresh produce appropriately. Most should be refrigerated and not washed until time to use. Washing with running water is sufficient.
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