What is cross contact?

This is when foods touch and their proteins mix. You don’t need to see it, but each food now contains a small amount of the other food. Food is unsafe if you are allergic to that food.

I thought it was cross contamination?

Different.  This is about food safety and having bacteria or viruses on food. Cooking food is one way we reduce cross contamination. Food is unsafe for all if there is cross contamination.

Tips to prevent cross contact

What to do if you think you have cross contact?

Cross contact can be direct or indirect

Direct= allergen was directly applied then removed

Examples are:

Indirect= allergen was not directly applied but their proteins touched

This is less obvious so be careful. Examples are:

What about cross contact outside of my home?

We cover more on cross contact at restaurants and while you are out and about next week.