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Script: Mother Knows Best?

 

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Script: Mother Knows Best?
Intro:
Welcome to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service "Food Safety At Home" podcast series, featuring topics for the safe handling, preparation and storage of meat, poultry and processed egg products. So, sit back, turn up the volume and listen in.

Narrator:
Hello! Thanks for joining us. This podcast asks the question, was the scenario you are about to hear Safe or Sorry? It describes a situation in which you need to determine if the food is safe to eat or needs to be thrown away. Listen carefully to the narrator at the end of this episode, as she will provide the correct answer to help you learn how to minimize your risk of food poisoning.

Educators — we invite you to stop the podcast at the "chime" to discuss the scenario before the narrator's explanation.

Now, let's listen in on the episode...

(Sound of car approaching, parking; front door opens and closes)

Mom:
Oh, Janie, I'm so sorry I'm late. Traffic was terrible.

Janie:
Moooom! We only have half an hour until my soccer game and I'm starving.

Mom:
Don't worry. I left a chicken breast to thaw in the refrigerator over night. I'll broil some chicken pieces in no time. Pass me that cutting board?

(Noises of pots and pans)

Mom:
Don't worry. I left a chicken breast to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. I'll broil some chicken pieces in no time. Pass me that cutting board?

Janie:
Sure. Can I have some salad too?

Mom:
Of course. Get out some tomatoes, and you can use the cutting board when I'm done.

(Chime sounds)

Narrator:
Being in a rush is no excuse to neglect food safety! By using the same cutting board for both raw meat and uncooked vegetables, Janie and her mom have put themselves at risk for cross-contamination. Whenever preparing raw meat or poultry, be sure to keep it separate from other items. If the juices of the raw meat or poultry come into contact with the other food, harmful bacteria can spread. Be sure to use separate cutting boards, platters, and utensils when handling both raw meat and other foods.

Outro:
Thanks for listening to this Food Safety At Home podcast. Let us know what you think of this podcast by sending your comments to podcast@fsis.usda.gov.
Last Modified Nov 08, 2013