Food Safety Fails

10 common mistakes that could make you sick
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Fail: Defrost meat, fish or poultry in the wrong place in the fridge

Yes, defrosting in the fridge is safer than on the counter. But putting meat, chicken or fish on a high shelf is a bad idea. Raw animal proteins can leak as they thaw, contaminating everything down below. Safer step: Defrost on the lowest shelf in the fridge, with a plate or pan big enough to catch drips.

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