Keep your food safe while shopping, going home, and putting food away.

  • Make food shopping your last stop before going home.
  • Buy nonfood items and nonperishable food first. Buy refrigerated food next and frozen food last.
  • Check each item for sell-by and use-by dates. Choose the food with the longest shelf life.
  • Bag cold items together and place them in the coolest part of your car. If you live more than 30 minutes from where you shop, put cold items in a cooler, especially in hot weather.
  • Put cold food away first when you get home.
  • Put new foods behind older ones in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer so you can easily use older food first.
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