Food Safety Tips for 4th of July and Beyond #FoodSafety4th #Sponsored

By | 6/28/2014 02:26:00 PM 17 comments
This weekend everyone is getting ready for their 4th of July activities. As usual this year we'll be socializing somewhere with friends and enjoying some BBQ. But even though we'll be having a good time, we still need to be careful.

Korean BBQ in the park

Note: This is a sponsored post made possible through the support of Element Associates. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Did you know, according to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature.

What does this mean? It means that the color of meat and poultry is NOT a good indicator of safety. Many people assume that if a hamburger is brown in the middle, it is done. In this case “Seeing Isn’t Believing”

Korean BBQ in the park

I know many of you just want to bite into that burger. But you should make sure that meat and poultry are cooked to a safe temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present. Looking at the color and texture of food is not enough. To be on the safe said you should use a food thermometer to make sure meats have reached a safe minimum internal temperature.

You should be sure that your hamburger is cooked to 160oF, because then it is both safe and delicious.

Some of you reading this might wonder what's the big deal if the meat is a little pink inside. The big deal is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that every year about 48 million people in the United States become ill from harmful bacteria in food; of these, about 3,000 die.

Those are very scary statistics. I encourage you to read the “Is It Done Yet?” brochure to learn how to use a food thermometer and other food safety preparation tips.

You can also join in the @usdafoodsafety Twitter Party on June 30th at 1 PM EST using hashtag #FoodSafe4th. Hosts include: @martieparty and @buzzmommy. So jump on and follow along.

I also want to share this video highlighting Food Safety and grilling tips from TV Chef and personality Martie Duncan (from Food Network Star Season 8) that will help make sure you protect your family from food poisoning this summer!


Be sure to check out USDA’s tips for Safe Grilling and visit www.FoodSafety.gov to learn about best food safety practices, utilize “Ask Karen,” an online database with nearly 1,500 answers to specific questions related to preventing food borne illnesses, in both English and Spanish, or to call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.

Hoping you and your family have a yummy and safe 4th of July and rest of the summer.

17 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. These are awesome tips, not sure what we're doing yet for the 4th, otherwise I would be more excited about the 4th haha

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  2. Very good information to know for all. I always make sure I cook everything through. Thanks for sharing..

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  3. I usually have a quiet get together for 4th of July, so it's never been a worry for me.

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  4. This is so great! We don't check the temperature all the time especially if we are camping or grilling but I definitely will be now! I used to eat my steaks medium rare all the time but for the last decade or so if it's not done I don't want it. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. thank your for the tips, those are great and very important. thank you for sharing.

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  6. Nice tips. We just got our first food thermometer last year!

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  7. Great info to keep in mind. Thanks for giving such good info on food safety. I have a food thermometer I use at home, but rarely take it with us on picnics and stuff. Maybe I should.

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  8. Great tips! I hate cooking burgers and will avoid it if I can. Maybe if I get a food thermometer I might like it better because I'll be more confident that it's actually done.

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  9. I'll throw in that you should always ensure your food is weel cooked and never ask for rare.

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  10. Food safety is utmost important and the twitter party can really spread the safety awareness faster.

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  11. It is very important to see to it that food sanitation is the first priority in order to prevent sickness and diseases. It's a great idea to spread awareness.

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  12. I've actually seen billboards about this subject, thanks for keeping this on our minds.

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  13. Great tips. Thanks so much for sharing everything. I'll be sure to be more careful this holiday season

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  14. Perfect tips for people who loves grilled food especially this coming 4th of July. My husband loves his steak medium rare and I am not sure if he cooked it the proper way. I always scold him but he said this is how most people cook and eat their steak. I like mine done and no pink. Thanks for food safety awareness and I love the video.

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  15. I actually used to prefer my burgers with a little pink in the middle, but I found as I got older, they just didn't taste as good cooked that way anymore. Now I want them done. I guess my body automatically knew what was best for it.

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  16. My husband will be happy to hear this. He likes his food very well done and people tease him about it all of the time. :)

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  17. Food safety is indeed very important though I don't like grilled as much.. i like it baked and not fried.

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