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How to Avoid Food Poisoning at Summer BBQs

If that second helping of grandma’s famous potato salad doesn’t tbarbecue_grilling_safetyaste as good as the first time around, you may want to move onto dessert or risk spending much of the evening in the bathroom. Unfortunately, food safety rules are often forgotten once the food hits the table.

Unfortunately, food safety rules are often forgotten once the food hits the table. Cookouts don’t have to result in races to the bathroom, though, said Jeff Behar, a personal trainer and nutrition specialist based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Behar suggests these tips for safe, healthy barbecue’s:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you’ve handled raw meat or food.
  • Avoid using the same plate for raw and cooked food.
  • NEVER place the grilled meat back on the dish or board on which the raw meat was placed, as this has blood and juices from the raw meat.
  • NEVER use knives or dishes that have been used for the raw meat for the grilled meat, too.
  • To prevent food borne illness, don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Harmful bacteria present in raw meat
    and poultry and their juices can contaminate safely cooked food.
  • Don’t put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry. Any harmful bacteria present in the raw meat juices could contaminate
    safely cooked food. In hot weather (above 90F), food should never sit out for more than 1 hour.
  • Only use knives and cutting utensils for one thing, either for meat or for vegetables. Thereafter, the utensils should be thoroughly washed.
  • Clean the grill with hot soapy water before you use it. This prevents sticking, burning and any off-taste from built-up grease.
  • Use a separate brush one for marinating and another for basting cooked meat.



July 15, 2009 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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