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Health Tip: Eating Lunch at Work

Take steps against foodborne illness

(HealthDay News) -- Eating at the job? Make sure you don't ignore food-safety rules.

Here are suggestions from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer, before and after you eat.
  • Don't allow your lunch or leftovers to be unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
  • If you're eating leftovers, reheat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Store perishable foods in the refrigerator, set to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you re-use the same lunch bag, wash it frequently.
  • Don't let frozen foods thaw on the countertop. Defrost them in the microwave or refrigerator.

-- Diana Kohnle

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