Party Right! Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

    Memorial Day weekend! Many people consider this holiday weekend to be the unofficial start of summer and celebrate with picnics, cookouts and other activities. If you are hosting or attending a Memorial Day party, it is important to keep in mind certain safety precautions to ensure everyone not only has a good time, but a safe one as well.

    Here are a few reminders to make sure your weekend celebrations go off without a hitch.

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    Food Safety Tips

    The same techniques that you normally follow are all that is needed to ensure proper food handling. Basic reminders include:

    Wash Your Hands. It is always important to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling raw meat, poultry or eggs.

    Wash produce. Fruits and vegetables should be rinsed before eating.

    Take care with meat. Cook burgers to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure bacteria is no longer present.

    Be careful with raw foods. Make sure raw and uncooked meat does not come in contact with other foods. Use separate plates for raw and cooked meats.

    Watch food temperatures. Foods that contain eggs, meat, milk and other dairy products should not be un-refrigerated for longer than an hour. Hot foods should be kept hot and cold foods cold.

    Make sure you know and are able to recognize the signs of food poisoning. They include severe cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. These symptoms can appear within half an hour of eating contaminated food. People who suspect they have food poisoning should seek medical treatment if the symptoms become severe or last longer than two days.

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