The proper kitchen hygiene guarantees trouble-free enjoyment while eating. 

Hygiene – enjoy safely

Raw food such as meat, poultry, fish and egg can naturally be loaded with germs. If improperly prepared, in rare cases this can lead to nausea and illnesses. However, if you follow simple rules when handling food, you can enjoy your meal with no concerns or danger.

Micarna – Hygiene: Properly wash

Germs spread through hands, cutting boards, kitchen utensils and kitchen towels.

This can be countered by:

  • Thoroughly washing your hands before and after preparing food – especially after coming in contact with raw meat, poultry, fish or raw seafood. 
  • Thoroughly cleaning all work surfaces and kitchen utensils after each processing step with hot water and soap. 
Micarna – Hygiene: Properly heat

Germs survive if the heat is insufficient – especially in poultry and chopped meat.

This can be countered by:

  • Before consumption, heating meat, poultry, fish and seafood to at least 70°C.
  • When reheating precooked food, being sure to heat it to at 70°C.


Micarna – Hygiene: Properly separate

Germs in raw food can spread to other foods.

This can be countered by:

  • Always separating previously cooked food from raw food.
  • Avoiding the direct contact of raw meat, poultry, fish and raw seafood with other food.
  • Using separate cutting boards and kitchen utensils for food that is cooked and that will be eaten raw.
Micarna – Hygiene: Properly cool

Germs can spread in food at room temperature. 

This can be countered by:

  • Always storing meat, poultry, fish and seafood in the refrigerator at temperatures below 5°C.
  • Storing previously cooked and perishable food in the refrigerator at temperatures below 5°C.
  • Never refreezing food that has already been thawed out.
  • Putting cooled or frozen food immediately into the refrigerator or freezer after shopping. 
  • Observing the storage advice and use by date on the food packaging. 

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO regularly provides tips and tricks regarding the most important rules for the preparation of meals. They also provide extensive information, videos and technical publications.

More about the FSVO “Enjoy safely” campaign


  • Hygiene – the basic rules

    Good kitchen hygiene is important when preparing meat and seafood products. For those who follow a few simple rules and who use healthy, fresh food, nothing stands in the way of a pleasant dinner evening with friends (video currently only available in German and French). .