Don’t Let Food Poisoning Spoil Your Summer Cookout: What to Know

Holiday barbecues and picnics are celebrated traditions and part of a summer of fun. But food poisoning can spoil your cookout. The illnesses are brought on by undercooked meat, foods that stay out in the heat too long and dirty hands that spread contamination, health officials warned.

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There are a few things you can do to make sure your cookout is something to celebrate.
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Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling food and using the restroom.
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Wash fresh fruits and vegetables well before eating or cutting into them.
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Separate raw meats and poultry from other foods and always use separate cutting boards and utensils to avoid cross-contamination.
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Use a food thermometer to be sure meat and poultry are cooked to safe temperatures.
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Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot and refrigerate leftovers within two hours.
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Don't "taste test" foods to see if they have spoiled.
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