Valentine's Day Food Safety Tips

When it comes to consumers choosing to dine out, Valentine's Day is second only to Mother's Day as a "dine out" experience. Last Valentine's Day the National Restaurant Association (NRA) reported that over 31 percent of consumers would choose to dine out on February 14.

When dining out on Valentine's Day please consider the following food safety tips provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • See if a restaurant looks clean before you even sit down. If the restaurant does not look clean to you, you should eat somewhere else.
  • Always order your food fully cooked especially meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. That's what kills germs.
  • When your hot meal comes, make sure it's very hot and thoroughly cooked before you eat it. If it's not, send it back.
  • Don't eat eggs that are raw or not fully cooked. These can hide in Caesar salads, custards, and some sauces.
  • Wash your hands before and after you eat.

If you are taking home leftovers (doggie bag):

  • Only take home a doggie bag if you are going to be able to place it under refrigeration (41°F or below) within two hours. If not, leave the leftovers behind.
  • Discard leftovers from dining out if they have not been consumed within 2 days.
  • Reheat leftovers meant to serve be served hot to a minimum of 165°F throughout.