Health Tip: Practice Safe Grilling
To protect against food-borne illness
(HealthDay News) -- Harmful bacteria multiply faster during warmer weather, making food-borne illness even more of a threat during the summer grilling season.
The foodsafety.gov website suggests these techniques to reduce the risk of food-related illness:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap before cooking.
- Allow meat to marinate in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
- Don't baste food with marinade that was used on raw meat; reserve some just for basting.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure food is cooked thoroughly.
- Store any raw meat, seafood and fish separate from other food and utensils.
- Store chilled foods in the refrigerator and keep hot foods heated until serving time.