One of the most convenient meals in today's busy world is a meal to go. Most are consumed immediately, although there are times when ready-prepared foods are purchased in advance to be eaten at a later time. Perishable foods can cause illness when mishandled and improperly stored. Proper handling is essential to ensure the food is safe.
Eating Within 2 Hours? Pick up food HOT and keep it HOT. Eat and enjoy your food within 2 hours to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying
Not Eating Within 2 Hours? Keeping food warm is not enough. Harmful bacteria grow rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F.
Purchased Cold/ Reheating
Keep COLD Food COLD---Refrigerate or freeze immediately. Cold food should be held at 41 degrees or colder
You may wish to reheat your meal, whether purchased hot and then refrigerated or purchased cold initially
Heat thoroughly to 165 degrees
If heating in the microwave oven, cover the food and rotate the dish, so it heats evenly