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Health Tip: Keep Takeout Meals Safe

(HealthDay News) -- Even if you've taken a night off from cooking and have called for takeout, it's still important to practice food safety.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers these suggestions:

  • Never allow food to sit at room temperature for longer than two hours. Time is reduced to one hour if outside in temperature greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Keep hot foods at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Cold foods should be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Use a food thermometer to make sure food is kept hot. Use chafing dishes or slow cookers if you don't plan to eat right away.

  • If food won't be eaten within two hours, use shallow storage containers and refrigerate.

  • Throw away all food that hasn't been properly stored.

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