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Health Tip: Tailgate With Safe Food

Use an insulated cooler

(HealthDay News) -- Heading out to enjoy some tailgating? Pack the proper supplies to safely cook and store your food.

The U.S. Food Safety Administration mentions these tips:

  • Pack an insulated cooler filled with ice to carry cold meats and perishables -- such as lunch meats, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken or sausages.
  • Place a food thermometer inside the cooler to make sure the temperature stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Securely wrap all raw meat and poultry to make sure juices don't leak and contaminate other foods.
  • Eat hot takeout food within two hours of purchasing. If the outside temperature is above 90 degrees, eat within one hour.
  • Pack hot foods (such as chili, soup or stew) in a closed, insulated container that was preheated.
  • If hot food can't stay hot long enough, pack it cold and reheat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit when it's time to eat.
  • Pack additional essentials, such as utensils, grilling tools, a thermometer, fresh water for cleaning and disposable towelettes to keep your hands clean.
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