Dietitian Marisa Moore on tailgating and picnic food safety
PADUCAH, Ky. -
Do you plan to spend more Saturdays outside with your family? Whether it's at a tailgate before a football game or just at the park with your kids, you need to be careful with all that food in the sun.
The most important thing to remember is a good offense is the best defense when it comes to protecting the food you bring with you outdoors.
Registered dietitian Marisa Moore says plan ahead.
"One in six people get sick from some sort of foodborne illness every single year, so it's important to make sure that you have some way to wash hands," Moore said.
Another common mistake is cross-contamination. Do not take a plate that had raw meat on it and put cooked meat back on it. That's the most common way people transfer bacteria.
Another mistake is 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 said.
Also, keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Remember to bring plenty of coolers with lots of ice, and those insulated shopping bags can help too.
Lastly, remember the two-hour rule.
"You don't want to leave anything out fore more than two hours, and if you do, you need to toss it out," Moore said.
An exception to that rule: If it's over 90 degrees outside, make that one hour.