Facts on Keeping Food Safe

The object of food safety is to limit one or more of the factors that bacteria thrive on. Bacteria are naturally present in the environment, but food handling errors made during preparation and cooking allow them to multiply into large enough numbers to cause illness. To control the bacteria that may be present, follow these food safety rules.

Potentially dangerous foods
What foods are potentially dangerous food safety-wise? Perishable foods provide good conditions for the growth of bacteria at room temperature or warmer. They include:

Any of the above foods in the following forms are perishable as well:

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