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Foods delivered cold should be eaten within 2 hours or refrigerated or frozen for eating at another time. You may wish to reheat your meal, whether it was purchased hot and then refrigerated or purchased cold initially. Reheat food to 165 °F using a food thermometer to check the temperature. Download educational resources, activity books, word games and coloring sheets provide to protect yourself and your family. Teach kids how you can safely buy, store, prepare and serve food. Follow these six tips to avoid food poisoning.

Safe Meals: Takeout, Delivery or Dining Out

Many people receive home delivered meals from churches, social organizations, senior assistance groups, or healthcare organizations. Hot or cold ready-prepared meals are perishable and can cause illness when mishandled. Proper handling is essential to ensure the food is safe to eat.

Video: Takeout creates a lot of trash. It does not have to.

Eating Out, Zero Waste and Declining Single Use Disposables (e.g. napkins, straws, etc.)
The concept of zero waste means producing less garbage. Our single-use items are not helping the fight against climate change but there are easy ways to reduce waste and reuse. Wasted food often gets overlooked, but according to an assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 6.7 percent of all global greenhouse gases come from food waste.

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Download a quick overview for staying healthy and free from food poisoning when getting takeout, delivery or dining out. A reference guide of invaluable information on meal prep, shopping, and storage lists of DOS and DON’TS food safety from the grocery cart to the refrigerator.

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Information and Resources

FoodSafety.gov Charts: Food Safety at a Glance

How long can you store leftovers in the refrigerator? How can you tell when chicken breasts are done? How long does it take to cook a turkey? Check out these charts for fast answers.

FoodSafety.gov: FoodKeeper App

The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.

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