To help consumers protect themselves and their families from food poisoning, the Ad Council, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, FDA and CDC and their Food Safe Families campaign as well as the Partnership for Food Safety Education are setting the record straight on food safety to save you time, money and most importantly, peace of mind, that your food is safe for your family’s consumption.
- MYTH #1: “If I microwave food, the microwaves kill the bacteria, so the food is safe.
Nope! False! Harmful Bacteria may remain! Be sure to follow cooking
instructions including stirring, rotating and letting food stand when indicated.
- MYTH #2: “Of course I wash all bagged lettuce and greens because it might make me sick if I don’t.”
True! Whew! I got this one right! If the bag says “READY to EAT” you don’t have to wash
- MYTH #3: “I don’t need to use a food thermometer. I can tell when my food is cooked by looking at it or checking the temperature with my finger.”
False! Did you know color, steam and texture are not always indicators that a food is safe to
eat? Always use a thermometer.
- MYTH #4: “I can’t re-freeze foods after I have thawed them – I have to cook them or throw them away.”
False! (with a stipulation) If raw foods have been thawed in the refrigerator they may be