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Tailgating This Weekend? Keeping the Food Safe

It's a time many fans wait for all year, and it's here, in full force. Football! If you're planning to tailgate, plan ahead to keep free from food-borne illness all season long.
It's a time many fans wait for all year, and it's here, in full force. Football!  If you're planning to tailgate, plan ahead to keep free from food-borne illness all season long.

The sights, the sounds, both part of a good tailgating party.
Oh, and of course,the food!

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," cautions Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian.

Plan ahead to keep guests at your gameday get-together healthy, says Moore. "1 in 6 people get sick from some sort of food-borne 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."

Another, not using one very important device.
"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," Moore urges.
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 outside, make that one hour.

(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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