4 Food Safety Steps to Reduce Food Poisoning for July 4th Grilling

Soon July 4th will be here and that means BBQ and grilling! While I've enjoyed some grilling during my mom's birthday celebration, the big family grilling will be done next week. It will be nice to relax and enjoy a meal with the family, but I hope no one gets food poisoning!

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Did you know that during the summer there is a large increase in incidents of food poisoning? That's because the warm temperatures cause bacteria to multiply faster. According to new research just released by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), nearly two-thirds of Americans are not using a food thermometer regularly to check the temperature of meat and poultry.

Honestly it's scary to think my family (and yours!) might be at risk. So I felt it was important to remind my family (and yours) about food safety when grilling this July 4th!

Families need to know about these 4 Steps to Food Safety
  • Clean: Make sure you clean all utensils, hands, and surfaces with soapy water. If you’re going to be outside, using a moist towelette is a good idea.
  • Separate: Don’t put meat items back on the same plate you used for the raw meat! Make sure you bring two plates for grilling and separate raw meat from fruits and veggies.
  • Cook: Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 °Fahrenheit before serving. Remember, just because it’s brown doesn’t mean its safe, use a food thermometer every time.
  • Chill: The general rule is to never let food sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours, but once the temps reach 90 °Fahrenheit, that’s reduced to 1 hour.

This July 4th, I'll make sure my family follows these food safety steps, I hope your family does also, so we can all enjoy some yummy BBQ!

For more information and other educational materials on food safety, visit www.foodsafety.gov

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