Food Safety Tips for Grocery Shopping

Take these steps to reduce your risk of foodborne illness

From the minute you walk into a supermarket and grab a cart that’s been touched by a lot of people to the end of your trip when you’re packing your bags, grocery shopping can present a few surprising health and food safety risks.

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A little planning plus some simple steps can help prevent a surprising case of food poisoning. Here, CR’s chief scientific officer, James Dickerson, PhD, provides his science-based tips for shopping safely.

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Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the February 2022 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.

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Illustration: Chris Philpot