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Nutrition: Summer Food Safety Tips

June 15, 2018

Now that summer is here, do not be surprised to see people taking advantage of the warmer weather and grilling. Barbecues are a great way to socialize and enjoy some great food, but they can also be a not-so-fun way of contracting food poisoning.

These general food handling tips can help keep that risk to a minimum at barbecues and even inside your home:

Wash your hands constantly. Raw meat, poultry and seafood can be rife with foodborne germs. Clean your hands with soap before and after handling these items; you should also wash work surfaces and utensils.

Avoid cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards and utensils for produce and raw food.

Invest in a food thermometer. An instant-read thermometer is an ideal way of seeing whether food has been cooked long enough. Relying on sight alone can be hit or miss.

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