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Food Safety Information

There are a lot of ways food can become contaminated with bacteria causing people to get sick. Whether you are having a backyard barbecue, serving your family a normal meal, preparing food for a large or small group of people, there are procedures you should put in place to ensure that the food you serve will not contain foodborne bacteria.

Food can become contaminated by improper cooking/cooling/reheating temperatures, cross-contamination from utensils or cooking surfaces, handling of food with your hands or other items that aren't clean, preparing food when you are sick, kitchen area not being clean and free of insects, rodents, and dust, cooking in contaminated water, and not thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables before use.

Bacteria growth on foods can also increase based on outside temperatures like during the summer, when it’s hot. So it’s more important than ever to be sure foods are handled properly during the summer season. The Burlington County Health Department has a wealth of knowledge to assist and inform you, of the proper procedures to protect your loved ones, and friends from foodborne illness when preparing food for them. All this information is free to the public.

RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION

DOCUMENTS

Food Establishment Inspection Results

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Four Steps to Food Safety:
  1. Clean - Wash Hands and Surfaces Often
  2. Separate - Don't Cross Contaminate
  3. Chill - Refrigerate Properly
  4. Cook - Cook to Proper Temperatures
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL FOOD SAFETY WEBSITES

Holiday Food Safety Information
“Fight Bac”- Consumer Food Safety
Federal Food Safety Information, Recalls and Alerts
Food Allergies: Ask before you Eat
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
New Jersey Dept of Health and Senior Services