Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning this Summer

By Sarah Correll

Pool parties, barbecues, sunshine, and… Food poisoning? Foodborne illnesses are much more common in the summer than any other time of year. Follow these three tips to keep your family safe this grilling season!

Keep It Clean

Be sure to clean your grill before you use it and don’t cross-contaminate your dishes by using the same plates or utensils on raw and cooked meat.

Put Leftovers Away

Be sure to pack up and cool your leftovers within two hours of serving the meal if the temperature is under 90 degrees, and within an hour if it’s 90 degrees or higher outside.

Thaw Safely and Cook Thoroughly

Thaw meat completely in the refrigerator or microwave before putting it on the grill, and make sure it’s completely cooked. That’s 165° for chicken, 160° for ground meats, and 145° for pork and beef with a three minute rest after.

Have a happy (and healthy) grilling season!

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