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Some foods are more risky for you than others.  In general, the foods that are most likely to contain harmful bacteria or viruses fall in two categories:
•    Uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables
•    Some animal products, such as unpasteurized (raw) milk; soft cheeses made with raw milk; and raw or undercooked eggs, raw meat, raw poultry, raw fish, raw shellfish and their juices; luncheon meats and deli-type salads (without added preservatives) prepared on site in a deli-type establishment.
Interestingly, the risk these foods may actually pose depends on the origin or source of the food and how the food is processed, stored, and prepared.  Follow these guidelines (see chart below) for safe selection and preparation of your favorite foods.
If You Have Questions ….… about Wise Food Choices:
Be sure to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider.  He or she can answer any specific questions or help you in your choices.
…about Particular Foods:
If you are not sure about the safety of a food in your refrigerator, don’t take the risk.
When in doubt, throw it out!
Wise choices in your food selections are important.
All consumers need to follow the Four Basic Steps to Food Safety:  Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

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