A lot of food poisoning cases arise from the improper handling of raw meat or other raw food items. This guide is to help you prevent such cases in your kitchen. Invaluable to any aspiring chef, these easy tips and tricks go beyond simple cleanliness and can easily be learned by anyone. You have probably read about people developing all sorts of illnesses due to bacteria from raw meat. It has been reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) that 76 million people in the US become ill due to harmful bacteria from food. Bacteria multiplies fast on raw meat at room temperature. It is essential to store meat in the refrigerator or freezer the moment you bring it home. If this is not possible then the meat should be cooked immediately.