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Handle fresh chicken delicately. When you choose a fresh chicken in a grocery store, put it in your basket just before you check out. Bag chicken in a separate, plastic bag so that any possible leaks do not contaminate other foods. Do not make additional stops after you leave the grocery story. As soon as you arrive home, immediately place your poultry in a refrigerator that maintains a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Use it within a day or two.