-Make sure your meat reaches its minimum internal cooking temp
>>Burgers: 160 degrees F (165 degrees F if turkey)
>>Brats/Hot Dogs: 160 degrees F
>>Chicken: 165 degrees F
>>Fish: 145 degrees F
-Store food below 40 degrees F before cooking
–Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling food (especially meat)
–Rinse fresh produce
-Use a fresh, clean plate for cooked foods
-Leave food at room temperature for 2+ hours (or 1 hour at 90 degrees F or higher)
–Rinse meat before cooking it (there is no need, and this can actually splash raw meat juice onto other foods or eating surfaces and contaminate them)
–Partially cook meat/fish with the intention of cooking it more later
–Store raw meat with other foods (fresh produce, cheese, dessert, etc.)
Remember – Food safety keeps everyone healthy. Especially those who are most vulnerable to foodborne pathogens (i.e. elderly, children, pregnant, and immunocompromised folks).
Have a fun and safe Father’s Day celebration!