Food safety tips for this tailgating this football season

Published 09/02 2014 06:37PM

Updated 09/02 2014 06:53PM

        It's a time many fans wait for all year, and it's here: Football!  
If you're planning to tailgate, plan ahead to keep free from food-born illness all season long.  
The sights, the sounds... Both part of a good tailgating party. Oh, and of course-- the food!
        Dietitian Marisa Moore says, "Tailgating can be a lot of fun but i think the most important thing you have to do is remember that a good offense is the best defense when it comes to protecting the food that you're gonna bring with you. 1 in 6 people get sick from some sort of foodborne illness every single year, so it's important to make sure that you have some way to wash hands.
        Other common mistakes she sees people make? One is cross contamination.
        "That is, they take a plate that maybe had some raw meat and they add the cooked stuff back to it. And that's a big no no, because that's one way to transfer bacteria," says Moore.  
        Another, not using one very important device. Marisa Moore says,"A meat thermometer- or a food thermometer- is the best way and really the only way to make sure that your meat has reached a safe internal temperature."
        Also, keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
        And lastly, remember the two-hour rule: You don't want to leave anything out for more than 2 hours, and, if you do, you need to toss it out.
If it's over 90 degrees, make that one hour.

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