Common bacteria such as Salmonella and Staphylococcus can multiply quickly to sufficient numbers in perishable foods to cause illness. Prompt refrigeration slows bacterial growth and keeps food fresh and edible.
Whey you buy perishable foods take them home right away and store them in containers in the refrigerator. Regularly clean and disinfect the refrigerator and freezer. Wash hands and clean and disinfect kitchen surfaces before, during and after cooking and serving food. Wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating. Defrost food on a plate in the refrigerator or microwave. Cook food of animal origin thoroughly. Do not drink unpasteurized milk or juice. Cool and promptly store leftovers.
(Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
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