How to Avoid Food Poisoning During The 4th Of July?
Each year, food poisoning sends roughly 128,000 Americans to the hospital and also results in 3,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Guidelines for Cooking Meat
- Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F with a three-minute rest time
- Fish: 145°F
- Ground meats (beef, lamb, veal, pork): 160°F
- Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165°F
How to keep your food safe?
- If you plan to have a burger or hot dog toppings bar with items like mayo, sliced tomatoes or avocado, be sure to keep them cold by placing them on a tray of ice. Be sure to replenish the ice as needed!
- Perishable food items should not be left outside for more than two hours if the temperature is at or below 90°F, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90⁰F.
- Any leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours (1 hour if temperatures are at or above 90⁰F) of being placed outside. If you are not sure how long food has been sitting out, throw it out immediately.