SEPARATE: DON’T CROSS- CONTAMINATE
Cross contamination is how bacteria can be spread. When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Always start with a clean scene---wash hands with warm water and soap. Wash cutting boards, dishes, counter-tops, and utensils with hot soapy water.
Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator.
Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
To prevent juices from raw meat, poultry or seafood from dripping onto other foods in the refrigerator,
place these raw foods in sealed containers or plastic bags on the bottom shelf of the fridge.