Today, we’d like to share the below message on behalf of the Food Safe Families campaign (a partnership of the USDA, CDC, FDA, and Ad Council).
Summer is the best time for grilling and entertaining lots of friends and family. With the season in full swing, and the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s very important to know of a few basic food safety tips. Please read the tips below to prevent food poisoning when you party this holiday.
Keep Your Food Fresh and Your Guests Happy & Healthy This 4th of July!
The smell of barbecue, happy picnics with family and friends, pool parties with hamburgers and fresh veggies all evoke the essence of summer and true Americana. We dream about it all year long and celebrate when the season of sunshine and outdoors has finally arrived!
Did you know that the summer months tend to see a large increase in incidents of food poisoning 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. That’s why it’s so important to remind families about food safety when heading out to the grill this summer.
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.
For more information and educational materials on food safety, VISIT: www.foodsafety.gov