Food Safety Begins in the Grocery Store

SILVER SPRINGS, Md., April 30 (UPI) — Food safety begins not at home, but while shopping, U.S. experts advise., produced by government agencies with a role in food safety, says being smart about food safety begins with food shopping.

“Protecting your family against foodborne illnesses begins not at home but at the supermarket, grocery store or any other place where you buy food that you plan to store and serve,” Doriliz De Leon, a consumer safety officer at the Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Office of Compliance, part of the Food and Drug Administration, says in a statement.

De Leon recommends before actually buying food check for store cleanliness and the condition of cans, jars and frozen food packages. Check for irregularities and damage.

To keep food safe while shopping, De Leon suggests:

– Separating raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods.

– Adding frozen foods and perishables last to the cart.

– Eyeballing fresh eggs for cracks and cleanliness.

– Being mindful of transport time and temperatures.

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