Food Safety Fails

10 common mistakes that could make you sick
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Fail: Not cleaning everything

In a 2013 study of home kitchen equipment, researchers from the public health and safety organization NSF International found germs like E. coli, salmonella and Listeria in refrigerator meat and vegetable compartments, can openers, blender gaskets and food storage containers. The moral of the story: “Clean up thoroughly,” Mills says. “That includes sanitizing places you might overlook, such as all surfaces of a food mixer, drawer handles and cleanable parts of appliances that can be taken apart.” Like those blender gaskets.