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Flu prevention starts with food handling

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As part of the PCC Pandemic Flu Planning Committee’s efforts to provide information on ways to prevent the spread of illness, we’d like to remind folks about the importance of food safety during the holiday season.

Many of us will be sharing food within our departments and participating in celebrations both on and off-campus in the next few weeks. Observing good food safety for preparing, serving, and storing dishes is essential to staying healthy.

A few tips for a safe and happy holiday season:

1) Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.

2) Observe The Two-Hour Rule: Throw away all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles, left at room temperature longer than two hours. Some exceptions to this rule are foods such as cookies, crackers, bread and whole fruits.

3) Use a utensil, not your hands, to serve food, including chips, crackers, and other “finger” foods.

For more information on food safety, you can check out the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s website – “Fight BAC: Keeping Food Safe from Bacteria.” It includes a special section on food safety during the holiday season.

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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »