4 of the Most Commonly Recalled Foods
(and How to Buy Them Safely)
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Small Thing to Keep in Mind: If you have an allergy, check the label each time you buy a product, because manufacturers sometimes change recipes and a trigger food may have been added. Here's a helpful list of unexpected words to watch out for, broken down by the type of diet you're following.
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Small Thing to Keep in Mind: As many of us already do, avoid buying cantaloupes that look bruised; and, if you purchase precut cantaloupe, make sure it's refrigerated or on ice. Finally, don't let the sliced fruit sit out at room temperature for more than two hours.
Small Thing to Keep in Mind: A good recommendation is to buy chicken last when you're grocery shopping, since keeping it cold can prevent bacteria overgrowth. Also, be sure to defrost frozen chicken safely and cook it to 165 degrees (use a meat thermometer).
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Small Thing to Keep in Mind: If you enjoy sprouts in salads, buy only ones with fresh, clean, white stems and roots that have been kept properly refrigerated. Douglas Powell, who blogs about food safety, says the best way to prepare sprouts is to cook them thoroughly before eating (so, stir-fries and pad Thai are fine).