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Grilling Food Safety

By: Spencer
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Did you know that 48 million people in the U.S. get food poisoning each year? With 4th of July cookouts just around the corner, it’s important to keep these food safety tips in-mind!


Food poisoning at cookouts tends to happen at cookouts when food is contaminated with germs that make us sick. This is usually caused by:

·         Forgetting to wash your hands after handling raw meat

·         Leaving food out in the heat that should be refrigerated

·         Undercooking meat


Keep your BBQ guests safe and healthy with these tips!

·         Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces after handling raw meat, fish or eggs.

·         Separate: Do not cross-contaminate your cooked food with raw meat or eggs.

·         Cook: Use a food thermometer to ensure that meat is cooked completely – 145 degrees for whole meat, 160 degrees for ground meat and 165 degrees for poultry

·         Chill: Return food to the refrigerator within two hours of serving, or after one hour when it’s hot outside.


Food poisoning can result in mild symptoms that usually resolve naturally like upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. To be safe, seek medical attention immediately if you suspect food poisoning.


Need medical care fast? Adventist HealthCare has you covered with three Emergency Departments and three Urgent Care Centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.


Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose

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