Clean and Separate - Food Safety - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Clean & Separate Keeping Food Safe At Home

Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto hands, cutting boards, utensils, counter tops and food. Cross-contamination is how bacteria can be spread. Always start with a clean scene -- wash hands with warm water and soap. Wash cutting boards, dishes, countertops and utensils with hot soapy water.

  • Prevent Cross Contamination
    Cross-contamination is the physical movement or transfer of harmful bacteria from one person, object or place to another.

  • Don't Wash Your Chicken!
    Washing chicken can spread dangerous germs onto other surfaces.

  • Don't Prepare Food If You are Ill
    Don't be a source of foodborne illness. Pathogens can be introduced into food from infected humans who handle the food without thoroughly washing their hands after going to the bathroom.

Updated Monday, 03-Oct-2016 08:20:50 CDT