While Serving

There are also proper steps to prevent cross contamination during serving:

•    Keep different types of food items separate.

•    Use clean utensils instead of your hands for the food.

•    Never reuse a plate or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood for serving — unless they’ve been washed first in hot, soapy water. Otherwise, you can spread bacteria from the raw juices to your cooked or ready-to-eat food. This is particularly important to remember when serving cooked foods from the grill.

Washing Hands

As we discussed earlier, it is essential to wash your hands before and after handling any food. Your hands can spread any type of bacteria that are present, either from the food you are working with or the environment around you. You should begin any food preparation with clean hands that you have washed with warm water and soap for about 15 seconds.