Handle food safely

Food safety is particularly important for many cancer survivors. People who have weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for food-borne illness. There are some simple precautions to take that will help keep your food safe.

  • Keep your hands, counters, dishes, cutting boards and utensils clean. Change sponges and dishtowels often.
  • Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid "cross-contamination" by using separate dishes, cutting boards and utensils for preparing raw meat, fish or poultry.
  • Thaw frozen items in the microwave or refrigerator. Do not thaw food on the kitchen counter.
  • Use a food thermometer to ensure that meat is fully cooked.
  • Read expiration dates on food products and look for signs of food spoilage. Some food, however, may be unsafe to eat although it looks and smells fine. If in doubt, throw it out.

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