USDA urges food safety on the 4th

July 03, 2019 06:05 PM

A lot of us are planning on cooking out this 4th of July, but there are some food safety warnings you should know before you fire up the grill. One in six people will get food poisoning this year and many of those cases will happen in the summer.

As the temperatures climb, so does the risk of foodborne illness. That's because bacteria grows more quickly at warmer temperatures.

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So the USDA recommends you keep four things in mind every time you fire up the grill.

Wash your hands frequently while cooking. Keep raw meat away from cooked food - and when it comes to cooking - make sure it's done properly.

"We want our burgers to be cooked to 160 degrees internally, and we want you to use a food thermometer. We generally see a spike in the number of food borne illnesses like salmonella or E. coli during the summer months,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears with the USDA.

Finally, leftovers should be refrigerated within an hour. That means making sure your cooler is stocked with ice if you're not near home.


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