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Outdoor Grilling & Food Safety

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Safe Food Temperature Chart, Courtesy: FDA Safe Food Temperature Chart, Courtesy: FDA

NBC RIGHT NOW- Independence Day calls for a number of people to be outside having a picnic, barbecuing, and enjoying the nice summer weather Eastern Washington has. But making sure you're handling your food safely can ensure your dishes make it to your table, without the risk of someone getting a foodborne illness. Before you begin, make sure all your hands, surfaces and grills are cleaned. Use moist towelettes and disinfecting spray to clean your workspace and use a bristle brush or grill brush to clean off burnt food, ensure no bristles clung to the grill before putting food on it.

Meats should always be covered and wrapped well to prevent any of their juices from spilling onto other foods. Do not reuse platters that held raw meat to place cooked foods, have a clean set of plates and utensils to handle cooked foods. Place all cold foods in a cooler with an ice pack, and maintain them at 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent bacteria growth. Hot foods should be kept hot, on or near the grill and cool foods should be kept in coolers on ice. Make sure to use a food thermometer to ensure meats are thoroughly cooked. The FDA's 'Safe Food Temperature Chart' gives a detailed look at what temperatures certain meats should be cooked to. 

For more information on food safety & grilling safety, head on over to www.FDA.gov/downloads/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/UCM239489.pdf