What is Cross-Contamination?
Cross-contamination occurs when harmful microorganisms (germs) spread to food.
How does cross-contamination happen?
Cross-contamination happens in three ways:
When raw meat or its juices comes in contact with ready-to-eat foods (i.e. deli meats, cheese, washed fruit, salad, cooked food).
When the same equipment is used with raw meat and ready-to-eat food without being cleaned and sanitized.
When people touch raw meat and do not wash their hands before touching ready-to-eat food.