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Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

Food Safety is a top priority at Big Y. Our food safety team insures that all food sold to our customers is the safest, freshest and of the highest quality. We are committed to providing clean stores and follow strict food safety handling procedures. Big Y's food safety policies are stricter than government standards and based on the latest sound science. We conduct extensive food safety training to management and employees.

Quick Tip:

Food Safety Tips for Chicken

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What's for dinner tonight? There's a good chance it's chicken! Follow these tips to keep it safe.

  • It is important to remember that when buying fresh chicken make sure to keep it cold at 41 degrees F or below to prevent bacteria growth.
  • It should be use within 1-2 days or freeze it for later use.
  • Many stores now sell fully cooked chicken, either as a rotisserie chicken or fried chicken. Fully cooked chicken must be kept at 135 degrees F or above and should be eaten within 2 hours of purchasing. You can also refrigerate it or freeze it for later use.

More Tips on Keeping Chicken Safe from foodsafety.gov