McHenry County offers Fourth of July food safety tips.
Byline: Submitted by McHenry County Department of Health
If you are planning a cookout for the July Fourth weekend, make sure it includes more than a menu and invited guests. A metal-stemmed thermometer is as much a party essential as matching plates and napkins.
The McHenry County Department of Health wants you to practice safe food handling by keeping "hot things hot" -- greater than 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and "cold things cold" -- less than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, to reduce your risk of a food-borne illness.
Other safety tips include:
* Thaw frozen meats in the refrigerator.
* Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before and after handling foods.
* Clean all kitchen surfaces before you begin cooking.
* To avoid cross contamination, use separate plates for raw and cooked meats.
* Scrub cutting boards with hot soapy water after preparing food.
* Use a metal stemmed food thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the proper temperature. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
* Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving time.
Food-borne illness is preventable.
If you suspect a food-borne illness, call McHenry County Department of Health at (815) 334-4585 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For after-hour emergencies, call (815) 344-7421. Visit www.foodsafety.gov for other food safety tips.
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|Publication:||Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)|
|Date:||Jul 3, 2019|
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