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Food safety is necessary to reduce the risk of food borne illness. Pathogens and bacteria which could cause illness and even death can be reduced dramatically with proper food safety. Maintaining proper temperatures while handling food, cooking foods to proper temperatures, cooling leftovers rapidly to proper cold storage temperatures and avoiding cross contamination by using separate preparation surfaces while handling raw uncooked and ready to eat foods are all important food safety measures towards reducing food borne illness. Proper food placement is also important in the refrigerator storing raw uncooked foods on lower shelves in the refrigerator below ready to eat foods so that nothing can drop from raw uncooked foods onto the ready to eat items.
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