Food-borne illnesses can occur anywhere, but they
may be more likely in a college dormitory room where proper
food handling and storage can be difficult.
Here are some tips for keeping food safe in the dorm room:
Always take perishable food home quickly
after you go grocery shopping. Leaving your groceries
in the car while you stop to visit a friend may cause
spoiling to start. Perishable foods should not be left
out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
If you use a microwave oven, allow for
extra cooking time to cook food more thoroughly. In the
dorm, other equipment can drain current from the electrical
circuit, causing a longer cooking time.
Refrigerate all carry-outs including
pizza, fried chicken and Chinese food as soon after serving
Never store food on the window ledge,
even if the weather is cold outside. Buildings radiate
heat, making the sill warmer than the outside temperature.
Always check "care packages" (food from
home) to see if the cans or packages need to be refrigerated
after opening. These precautions should lower the risk
of food-borne illnesses. For questionable food, the old
adage "When in doubt, throw it out," still holds true.