Cross-contamination happens when bacteria spread from one product to another. Food that comes into direct contact with contaminated food, kitchen utensils, or countertops can pick up bacteria that might make you sick. When you handle contaminated food, you can spread the germs to any other foods or surfaces that you touch.

Follow these simple steps to avoid cross-contamination:

In the store

Storing food at home

Preparing food

Bleach Solution

Mix 5 mL (1 tsp) of household bleach to 750 mL (3 cups) of water.


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