2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (cont.)


  • To avoid microbial foodborne illness:
    • Clean hands, food contact surfaces, and fruits and vegetables. Meat and poultry should not be washed or rinsed.
    • Separate raw, cooked, and ready-to-eat foods while shopping, preparing, or storing foods.
    • Cook foods to a safe temperature to kill microorganisms.
    • Chill (refrigerate) perishable food promptly and defrost foods properly.
    • Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk or any products made from unpasteurized milk, raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, raw or undercooked meat and poultry, unpasteurized juices, and raw sprouts.

Note: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 contains additional recommendations for specific populations.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines and consumer brochure are available at www.healthierus.gov/dietaryguidelines.

Source: Health and Human Services (www.hhs.gov)

Last Editorial Review: 1/13/2005

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