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Safe food handling basics

Woman grocery shopping for meat.

One in six Americans will suffer from foodborne illness this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Why? Because at the right temperature, bacteria you can't see, smell or taste can multiply to the millions in a few short hours. In large numbers, they cause illness. It doesn't have to happen, though. Many foodborne illnesses can be avoided if food is handled safely. 


William Schafer, emeritus Extension specialist and Suzanne Driessen, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2021

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