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Food Safety at Church Potlucks

Don't let bad food spoil a good time at your next church potluck.

Bring out the food, and the fellowship is close behind. Church dinners offer an excellent opportunity to bring the community together. Poor food preparation can spoil a good time, though, so use the following precautions before your next church potluck.

Food Preparation

Look for warning signs. Don't purchase or use canned goods that are damaged or rusted. These signs indicate the food may not be safe regardless of how you prepare it.

Separate quarters. Keep raw seafood, poultry, and meat away from other foods. Use separate cutting boards and make sure any juices are contained.

Now you're cooking. Use a food thermometer to make sure cooked food is heated to the proper temperature. Check the temperature in several places to ensure even cooking.

During the Event

Avoid the danger zone. The danger zone for food is between 40° and 140 °. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold—and ...

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