Be safe when preparing and grilling food today to avoid food poisoning

Jim Hanzo
July 04, 2017 - 11:08 am

If you are cooking outdoors at a picnic or backyard barbecue, be careful with the food. 

One thing you don't want, is for someone to get sick from food poisoning.  Amanda Morris, Registered Dietician at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, says one of the biggest mistakes, is leaving food out too long either before its cooked or after.  

"Making sure that the food is handled properly, and is stored properly," says Morris. 

"The biggest mistake we make is the fact that we're leaving the food out for too long without the proper temperatures," said Morris.   

No more than 2 hours but she says down here, where it usually is over 90 degrees it should be shorter than that. 

"Experts say if the temperature is higher than 90 degrees which down here in southern Louisiana that's usually the case the food really shouldn't be left out of the refrigerator or out of the heat temperature for more than an hour."    

Morris says always use fresh utensils and that goes for cutting boards and keep your hand washed in between the handling of raw meats and chicken adding that cross contamination is another common reason for food poisoning.  

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