Food Safety Quiz

Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety Test? Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2002.

What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed floors? Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly arranged cupboards?

They can help, but a truly "clean" kitchen--that is, one that ensures safe food--relies on more than just looks: It also depends on safe food practices.

In the home, food safety concerns revolve around three main functions: food storage, food handling, and cooking. To see how well you're doing in each, take this quiz, and then read on to learn how you can make the meals and snacks from your kitchen the safest possible.


Choose the answer that best describes the practice in your household.

1. The temperature of the refrigerator in my home is:

2. The last time we had leftover cooked stew or other food with meat, chicken or fish, the food was:

3. The last time the kitchen sink drain, disposal and connecting pipe in my home were sanitized was:

4. If a cutting board is used in my home to cut raw meat, poultry or fish and it is going to be used to chop another food, the board is:

5. The last time we had hamburgers in my home, I ate mine:

6. The last time there was cookie dough in my home, the dough was:

7. I clean my kitchen counters and other surfaces that come in contact with food with:

8. When dishes are washed in my home, they are:

9. The last time I handled raw meat, poultry or fish, I cleaned my hands afterwards by:

10. Meat, poultry and fish products are defrosted in my home by:

11. When I buy fresh seafood, I:

12. I realize the following people should be especially careful about not eating raw seafood: