Food Safety for Handling and Cooking Poultry

The Importance of Refrigeration - A flyer from the USDA about the importance of refrigeration! "A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping foods safe. These electric units are so commonplace today, we forget a refrigerator was once little more than a box with a block of ice used to supply a rather undependable source of cold air. But we are instantly reminded of its importance to our daily lives when the power goes off or the unit fails, putting our food’s safety in jeopardy."

Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill

Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. In fact, children under the age of five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection among any other age group in the United States. This highlights the importance of following the USDA’s four food safety steps whenever preparing meals: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK and CHILL.

History of Food Safety in the USA

A comprehensive article (in three parts), written by Michelle Jarvie, details the development of food safety in the U.S.:

Chicken Inspection Facts - Maintained by the National Chicken Council, this website will tell you more about food safety and inspection measures maintained by the poultry industry.

The Egg Safety Cycle - The egg safety cycle consists of four steps: Inspect, Clean, Test, and Time. The American Egg Board has great videos for each of the four steps.