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Food Safety
Cross-Contamination

What is cross-contamination?

Cross-contamination is the scientific word for how bacteria can be spread from one food product to another. This is especially true when handling raw meat, poultry and seafood, so keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.

How does cross-contamination occur?

There are several ways cross-contamination can happen.

How can I prevent cross-contamination?