The Unofficial Start to Summer is Here!

Grilling season is officially upon us! With Memorial Day weekend just ahead, many people will be firing up the grills this weekend for the first of many cookouts this summer.

Even though you may have been grilling for years, it is always best to freshen up on tips to safely handle food to reduce the risk of illness to yourself, your family & your friends. Every year 76 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food, you do not want to become a statistic!

Here are some tips to help keep everyone healthy:

1. Separate: pick up your meat, poultry and seafood last while shopping and keep them separate from the rest of your items.
2. Chill: keep meat, poultry and seafood refrigerated until ready to grill and at a temperature of less than 40° F during transport.
3. Clean: wash your hands before and after handling raw meat. Wash work surfaces, utensils and the grill before and after cooking.
4. Cook: Use a thermometer to ensure meat, poultry and seafood are cooked to the correct temperature.
Beef, pork, lamb & fish- 145° F
Hamburgers and other ground beef- 160° F
Poultry- 165° F

You can find a full list of the latest grilling tricks and safety tips here:  http://ow.ly/Mm4630c2Xfd And be sure to thank the farmers who make it all possible by raising animals humanely and ethically!