Food Safety Tips for Summer Grilling
By Libby Showalter, Registered Dietitian
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Foodborne illnesses are more common in the summer months. Follow these food safety guidelines to avoid foodborne illness.
-160⁰F for hamburgers or other ground meat
-165⁰F for poultry
Be Safe, Not Sorry
How food is purchased, stored and prepared is important to your health. Most foodborne diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year, 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness; 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.
People who are most at risk are pregnant women, young children, older adults and those with weakened immune systems as a result of diabetes, kidney or liver disease or chemotherapy/radiation treatments.
Look at these helpful charts created by the Food and Drug Administration. Print them out and post them on your refrigerator!