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The digestive system is one of three ways hazardous substances can enter the body.  That's why food safety is very important!

There are a few rules of food safety that will minimize our risk of allowing the things we eat or drink to make us sick.  These rules are the  3cs.jpg (6026 bytes) of Food Safety.

clean.jpg (6962 bytes) Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, handling uncooked foods and handling trash or waste of any kind. Thoroughly clean or peel raw fruits and vegetables. Trim fat from meats (pesticides are often found in fat).
cold.jpg (6647 bytes) Cold food should be stored below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Hot food should be cooked above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

NOTE: The best way to make sure that meat is cooked throughout is to use a thermometer. Once food reaches above 165 degrees Fahrenheit, you know that any bacteria present in the food has been killed.

Food should also be served above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When you serve hot food, you need to make sure it does not sit outside for too long. Otherwise, new bacteria may grow.

Observing the  3cs.jpg (6026 bytes) of Food Safety will help protect you from eating (and in areas without proper waste treatment facilities, drinking) things that might be hazardous to your health.  Follow the links in the lesson guide on the left of your screen to learn more about how to reduce your risk of exposure.

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