Tailgate Times

Food Safety at a Glance

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Cook food thoroughly.
  • Clean the plate and utensils used for raw meat before using for cooked meat.
  • Use separate cutting boards for raw meat.
  • Select a sealed and cold package of meat or poultry when purchasing.
  • Keep meat or poultry away from other items in the shopping cart.
  • Place raw meat or poultry immediately in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Keep refrigerator temperature at 40 degrees or below.
  • Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator beforehand.
  • Don’t leave raw meat or poultry out for more than two hours.
  • Don’t place food in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t eat or use ice for drinks from an ice chest used to store food.
  • Never partially cook meat and finish cooking later.
  • Keep meat and poultry warm until ready to serve.
  • Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees before consuming.