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City of Plano Environmental Health

Posted on: June 3, 2019

Grill Safely This Summer

Grilling outside

Avoid food poisoning this summer by following these easy steps on how to prep your food properly and grill safely:

  • Keep meat, poultry and seafood in separate grocery bags to avoid cross-contamination.

  • Refrigerate meat, poultry and seafood until ready to grill.

  • Keep meat below 40°F in an insulated cooler if transporting.

  • Wash your hands with soap before and after handling raw meat.

  • Clean surfaces, cooking utensils and grill before and after cooking.

  • Throw out marinades and sauces that have touched raw meat juices.

  • Make sure meat is cooked through using a food thermometer. Safe temperatures are:
    • 145°F - beef, pork, lamb, veal and fish
    • 160°F  - hamburgers and other ground beef
    • 165°F - poultry and pre-cooked meats (e.g. hot dogs)
  • Keep cooked meats at 140°F or warmer until ready to serve.

  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered containers within two hours of cooking.

Learn more about food safety from the CDC.
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