Safe Handling of Meals To Go
When you get your meal "to go" make sure that
you are keeping the food safe from harmful
bacteria. Dining Services has made sure that you
have been served a safe meal, but when you take
that food out of the dining center, it is your
responsibility to keep it safe.
Keep HOT foods
HOT (above 140°F)
Keep COLD foods COLD (below 40°F)
The Two-Hour Rule:
Not Eating Within Two Hours?
leave any hot or cold food at room temperature
for longer than two hours. If you take that food
back to your room and leave it on your desk for
longer than two hours, don't eat it, throw it
Refrigerate the foods thoroughly (open up
the container so cold air can get in) and don't
store it longer than two days. When you reheat
the food, make sure that it is heated thoroughly
until it is hot and steaming (above 165°F). Make
sure that all of the food is thoroughly heated.
Stir the food, if possible, and rotate it in the
microwave. If you don't eat all of it, don't
refrigerate the leftovers, toss them out.
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