Food Safety Tips on FoodSafety.gov:
Handle Leftovers With Care

March 18, 2011

CHICAGO—Many busy moms and dads rely on leftovers to feed their families throughout the week.  IFT has teamed up with FoodSafety.gov, an online resource for food safety information from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to educate consumers on food safety involving leftovers.  Jennifer Cleveland McEntire, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Science and Technology Projects at the Institute of Food Technologists provides tips on the safe handling and reheating of leftovers that can save you and your loved ones from foodborne illnesses in a  blog post for FoodSafety.gov.  Tips include:

    • Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. 
    • Store leftovers in shallow containers for quick cooling.
    • Refrigerate food within two hours of preparation.
    • Reheat food thoroughly to ensure that all parts of the food reach 165 °F before eating.

Read the full post at http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/leftovers.html
For more information on reheating food in a microwave, see IFT video: How to Properly Cook Foods in the Microwave.

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