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Eating at your desk? Keep it safe

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Do you regularly eat at your desk? If so, you’ll want to make sure to “give bacteria the pink slip the next time you desktop dine,” the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

Here’s how:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands before and after eating. If you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands, use an antibacterial hand cleaner at your desk.
  • Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours before putting it in a refrigerator.
  • Ensure the temperature of workplace refrigerators is below 40º F.
  • Frequently wash reusable lunch totes or insulated bags.
  • Don’t thaw frozen foods on countertops – do so in a refrigerator or microwave instead.
  • Eating leftovers for lunch? Make sure you reheat them to at least 165º F.

Don’t forget: The same food safety tips apply to carry-out and fast food.

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