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Food Safety

Keeping food safe is the key to preventing foodborne illnesses. The four basic rules for keeping food safe are: clean, separate, cook, chill.

Clean, separate, cook, chill

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Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often 

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Separate: Don't cross-contaminate

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Cook: Cook food to a safe temperature

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Chill: Refrigerate promptly

How To: Be Food Safe Canada


BCCDC food safety notes

Food safety resources

  • Food storage & cooking danger zone thermometer | PNG image (for web) | PDF image
  • Food-cooling procedure thermometer | PNG image (for web) | PDF image
  • Food Safety – Government of Canada site with safety tips for all food types and information to protect those who are vulnerable to food poisoning, including facts on food allergies and recalls 
  • FoodSafe  –  FoodSafe training course information and food handling resources for professionals
  • HealthLink BC  – Reference documents on food safety and food poisoning

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