February 1, 2018
Your Game Plan for a Food Safe Game Day
Tackling Food Safety: Keeping Your Food Safe on Game Day
Did you know that Super Bowl® Sunday is the second largest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving? Super Bowl® parties often involve finger foods, a lot of people sharing communal dishes, and treats that are left out for long periods of time?all which can lead to foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning).
The best host wants to make sure that foodborne illness is not invited to the party, so the FDA encourages you to pull out the food safety playbook and follow these simple steps:
CLEAN and wash kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands before preparing or serving food and wash all produce including produce you plan to peel, such as avocados.
SEPARATE raw meats and poultry (and their juices) from cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods, like fruit and vegetables.
COOK meat and poultry to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
CHILL cooked and prepared foods if you do not plan to consume them immediately.
FOR SERVING, keep cold foods chilled to 40°F or below and hot foods heated to 140°F or above.
Make food safety a priority on game day!
® National Football League
Contact: Media: 1-301-796-4540 Consumers: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free)
SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration]]>