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Does one need to clean and sanitize a slicer between slicing different types of deli meats?

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No. Deli meats are classified as ready-to-eat. In a general sense, ready-to-eat deli meats regardless of what type of meat that is used to make them are are equally hazardous. Heat processing kills all the naturally present pathogens which makes them ready-to-eat. Therefore, one does not need to clean and sanitize a slicer in between slicing different types of deli meats. Cheese is also ready-to-eat and so the slicer does not need to be cleaned after slicing it as well. One would need to clean and sanitize the slicer if raw or partially cooked meats were sliced. Remember though that slicers must be cleaned and sanitized every four hours.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University (September 2004)

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