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Potentially Hazardous Foods

Posted by | March 30, 2011

Did you know there are foods potentially hazardous to your health? Foods high in protein and carbohydrate that are moist are more able to support growth of disease causing bacteria. Simply stated, potentially hazardous foods are foods where microorganisms like bacteria can grow rapidly. They often have a history of being involved in food borne illness outbreaks.

Here are potentially hazardous foods that require extra care during preparation, cooking, cooling, and storing at home. Some of them may surprise you.

  • Milk and mild products
  • Shell eggs
  • Meats, poultry, and fish
  • Shellfish
  • Cooked rice, beans, or other cooked vegetables
  • Baked or boiled potatoes
  • Soy-protein foods like tofu
  • Garlic and oil mixtures
  • Raw seeds and sprouts
  • Sliced melons like watermelon and cantaloupe
  • Ready to eat foods eaten without further washing or cooking.