Now that we’ve celebrated July 4th, the summer cooking season is in full swing! It’s never too late to practice food safety; so, as you prepare for the rest of this summer’s grilling, take a minute to read this article from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services titled “Think Food Safety When You Grill For a Cookout”. In this article, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service provides several tips for a safe cookout.
Remember the Four Steps to Food Safety:
1. CLEAN: When preparing party food, wash hands and surfaces often.
2. SEPARATE: Use separate plates for raw and cooked food when grilling.
3. COOK: Cook foods to the right temperature using a food thermometer.
4. CHILL: Don’t leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours.
Now you are set to grill … enjoy your cookout safely … the food, your family and friends!