Health Watch - Starting Summer: Safe Grilling
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about starting the summer fun season with Memorial Day weekend. One popular Memorial Day activity is cooking out on the grill. That can be a recipe for food poisoning if you aren’t careful.
Warm summer temperatures create the ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, a toxicologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can prevent food poisoning by being smart about how you buy, store, prepare and serve food. Keep your meats for grilling cold until you put them on the grill. Cook meats to the recommended internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to be sure. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before cooking and after handling raw meat. Use different dishes and utensils with cooked meats than you used on the raw meats. Chill any leftovers instead of leaving food sitting out for a long time.
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