Special Foods Safety

Ground Beef and Poultry

  • Store in coldest part of refrigerator.
  • Use within one to two days (or freeze).
  • Rewrap if original package is destroyed or damaged.
  • Place on a shelf under prepared foods in refrigerator to prevent drippings from cross-contaminating foods that will be served uncooked.
  • Stuff poultry just before cooking.

Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats

  • Store in original vacuum-sealed package for up to two weeks.
  • Once opened, rewrap well and use within three to five days.
  • Use hot dogs no later than one week after the "sell-by" date on package. If liquid around hot dogs becomes cloudy, discard them.

Eggs and Egg-Rich Foods

  • Do not buy cracked or dirty eggs.
  • Fresh eggs will keep in the refrigerator about five weeks.
  • Avoid serving raw eggs or foods containing raw eggs.
  • Keep eggs refrigerated at a temperature no higher than 40°F.
  • Do not keep raw or cooked eggs out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.
  • Do not wash eggs before storing or using them.
  • Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs and use them within one week

Mayonnaise-based Foods

  • Avoid freezing mayonnaise-based foods--separation will occur.
  • Use mayonnaise within two months after opening jar.
  • Mayonnaise contains lemon juice or other acid flavoring agents and salt. This combination acts to retard bacterial growth, thereby increasing the resistance to spoilage.