(HealthDay News) -- Do the wrong thing while you're preparing food, and you and your family could become sick.
The Foodsafety.gov website mentions these common food-safety mistakes:
- Never taste food to see if it's still good, because you may not be able to taste or smell germs. Instead, throw food out after it expires.
- Never put cooked meat on the same plate you used for raw meat.
- Never thaw food on the counter. Instead thaw in the refrigerator, microwave or cold water.
- Don't wash meat, poultry or eggs. Doing so may spread harmful bacteria.
- Always refrigerate food within two hours of cooking or eating.
- Never eat foods that contain raw eggs, such as cookie dough.
- Make sure meat, eggs, seafood or poultry are thoroughly cooked.
- Always wash your hands!
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