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Tips for safe shopping

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By Myra Burgess
Family Nutrition Program Assistant
Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
County Cooperative Extension


•Buy cold or frozen food at the end of your shopping.
•Keep raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood away from other food in your grocery cart to avoid the spread of foodborne bacteria from raw food to ready-to-eat food.
•Place raw food in individual plastic bags (found in the produce section and at some meat counters), and pack them separately in reusable grocery bags.
When using reusable grocery bags or bins, make sure to use a specific bag or bin for raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood. Label the bag or bin with the type of food it carries.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program offered to limited resource families with young children through the Cooperative Extension Service. The program focuses on helping families improve behaviors in dietary intake, nutrition and food safety practices.