Be Food Safe This Summer

In our household, the most wonderful time of year is barbecue season.  We love the smell of barbecue, the delicious food and the time with family and friends.  What I recently learned is that incidents of food poisoning spike in summer because warmer temperatures cause bacteria to multiply faster.

We tend to assume that if anything will, the barbecue is going to get our meat and poultry to the right temperature for eliminating bacteria.  However, according to new research just released by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), nearly two-thirds of Americans are not using a food thermometer regularly to check the temperature of meat and poultry.

To combat this, the Food Safe Families campaign is spreading knowledge and awareness of the “Four Steps to Food Safety” for the summer season.  Be a food safe family this summer by following these four steps:Woman serving water to family having lunchClean: Make sure you clean all utensils, hands, and surfaces with soapy water. If you’re going to be outside, using a moist towelette is a good idea.

Separate: Don’t put meat items back on the same plate you used for the raw meat! Make sure you bring two plates for grilling and separate raw meat from fruits and veggies.

Cook: Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 °Fahrenheit before serving. Remember, just because it’s brown doesn’t mean its safe, use a food thermometer every time.

Chill: The general rule is to never let food sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours, but once the temps reach 90 °Fahrenheit, that’s reduced to 1 hour.

For more helpful tips on food safety and recall alerts, please go to:  Have a food safe summer!


The Food Safe Families campaign is an effort on behalf of the USDA, FDA, CDC and the Ad Council. Though this is not a compensated post I am helping to spread the word on becoming food safe.


  1. These are such good tips for everyone to know and review. It’s amazing how many people get sick because of cross contamination.
    I have a set of bowls that you chill and they keep food cold longer. Love them!

  2. Great tips! Most of them seem like common sense to me, but I know from being around others that they are not!

  3. I am so paranoid about keeping everything sanitary when I’m cooking for a group. Especially with cooking meat! I’m so glad I have a meat thermometer now because I would always char the meat before to avoid poisoning everyone. LOL!!

  4. Great tips! My mom got food poisoning from meat contamination, so I’m always weary!

  5. These are great rules, especially with all of the summer picnics. Sometimes food is left out beyond my comfort zone!

  6. Such important tips! My husband took a food safety class for work so we are always extra vigilant.

  7. Great idea for a post! I think these rules are good to hear again and again. I never thought about it more in the summer, but that makes perfect sense!

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