July 03, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fourth of July Food Safety Tips

Few things are more American, or more fun, than grilling meat and holding a picnic on the Fourth of July. Please keep in mind a few basic food safety tips when cooking food on the grill and celebrating our nation's independence with family and friends.

Especially when eating outdoors during warm weather, it is important to take extra precautions and practice safe food handling when preparing perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood and egg products. Warm evenings may be ideal for outdoor picnics and barbecues, but they also provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause food-borne illness.

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