Local food safety instructor weighs in on restaurant ordering

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(WEHT)- Following bans on eating at restaurants and bars, businesses have been forced to rely on curbside pickups, drive-thrus, and delivery but does the public need to be careful about ordering out?

According to Henderson Community College food safety instructor Scott Taylor, not really. “Most all restaurants in our area do a phenomenal job of cooking food to the right temperature, practicing good safe food practices, practicing proper sanitizing and cleaning,” Taylor said.

However, Taylor explains that people who may be less familiar with cooking could be susceptible to foodborne illnesses, “I think there is the possibility of foodborne illness,” Taylor said, “because people are doing things that they may not normally do.”

Taylor advises people to cook food to a proper internal temperature and be wary of cross-contamination. Washing hands for 20 seconds before eating can also help curb the spread of illnesses, like COVID-19.

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2020)

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