Holiday Food Safety

Family and friends around Eastern Carolina will gather Memorial Day to enjoy some great grilling.

To ensure your holiday picnic is safe as well as tasty, we've listed some standard food safety tips.

1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water before, during and after handling food.

2. Avoid cross contamination. Use separate utensils and dishes for raw and cooked foods. Do not use the same dish that held raw items to serve the grilled results.

3. Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, poultry to 165, pork to 160 and large pieces of beef to 145 for medium rare and 160 degrees for medium. Use a meat thermometer. It takes about 10-15 seconds to get the temperature after the thermometer is inserted into the center of the meat.

4. Do not leave perishable food out of the refrigerator longer that two hours. If the outside temperature is 90 degrees or higher, you should not leave food out more than one hour.

5. Reheat leftovers thoroughly before eating.

Courtesy: USDA and other government sources

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