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The new blog, by offers consumers safety tips for avoiding foodborne illness when purchasing food. They are outlined below.

“Protecting your family against foodborne illnesses begins not at home but at the place where you buy food that you plan to store and serve,” Doriliz De Leon, a consumer safety officer in the Division of Enforcement in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Office of Compliance, tells consumers.

1.) First and foremost, check store cleanliness.

2.) Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate from other foods.

3.) Jars and cans should be checked for dents and irregularities.

4.) Check frozen foods for signs of damage or defrosting.

5.) Shop for frozen and perishables last.

6.) Carefully select fresh eggs.

7.) Be mindful of transport time and changing food temperatures.

For more information on keeping your family safe from foodborne illness, visit the Web site.

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