Food safety a growing concern as Irma power outages persist

Top 10 Food Safety Tips …

(ASHLEY WELCH, CBS NEWS)

Experts say to follow the mantra “when in doubt, throw it out.”

  • Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator. The temperature should read 41 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or below.
  • Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still “refrigerator cold.”

    As millions of Floridians remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, experts warn to take precautions against food poisoning. Photo by Brad K., CC

  • Hands should be washed before preparing or eating food.

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  • Avoid cross-contamination, which is the transfer of harmful bacteria from one food to another. Never place any type of food on a plate, cutting board or utensil that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.
  • When grilling foods, preheat the coals on your grill for 20-30 minutes or until the coals are lightly coated with ash. Grills should never be placed indoors.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that food reaches a safe internal temperature.
  • Hamburgers and ground poultry should be cooked to 160 F. Poultry parts: 170 F.
  • Roasts, steaks and other large cuts of beef: 145 F (rare) and 160 F (medium).
  • Fish should be cooked until the meat is opaque and flakes easily.
  • Use sanitized food and water bowls for your pets and be sure that they do not drink from flood-contaminated surfaces.
  • Never taste food to determine its safety.  READ FULL POST AT CBS NEWS. 

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