Game On: Tailgate Party Food Safety Tips

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Having sufficient cooler space and ice packs are essential for ensuring food safety during a tailgate party, say experts from the Institute for Food Safety and Health at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Whether you dish out food prepared beforehand or cook it alongside your car in a stadium parking lot, this popular American pastime requires careful planning, said Robert Gravani, a professor of food science at Cornell University and spokesman for the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists.

According to the food-safety experts, tailgaters can prevent food-borne illnesses by: