Lifespan Cancer Institute

Food Safety

Decrease your risk of food-borne illnesses by following these food safety tips.

To ensure your food is safe to eat:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands and clean all preparation and cooking surfaces before and after fixing meals and snacks.
  • Wash all raw fruits and vegetables. Other raw foods like seafood, including sushi and raw shellfish, should be avoided.
  • Do not eat rare meat, especially ground beef. Do not eat chicken or turkey that has any pink areas. Use a meat thermometer to determine whether or not meat has reached the necessary bacteria-killing temperature.
  • Use a separate cutting board for working with meat and another for working with fruits and vegetables. It is best to label the boards so that they are only used for one or the other.
  • Throw out leftovers that are more than three days old. When in doubt, discard any food that does not look or smell right.