Outdoor grilling season is upon us, and it’s important to remember that the shift of food preparation outdoors comes with its own unique challenges. The CDC’s Get Ready to Grill Safely poster serves as an effective food safety reminder for outdoor cooks as they prepare for their outdoor food festivities. You don’t want to give E.coli, Salmonella, and their other pathogenic friends an opportunity to spoil the party!
by Parish Divinity, EHS
As the holiday season approaches and new menu items start appearing, emphasis is again placed on the proper cooking of foods. Time and temperature control for safety foods that require cooking are considered “cooked” only after they have been heated to the minimum cook temperatures designated for the particular food item. This minimum cook temperature must be reached in order to kill harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli 0157. Color and texture alone won’t tell you whether your food is done. Instead, use a food thermometer to be verify the food’s internal temperature. When checking the temperature of food, always check the temperature in at least two locations, and at least one of those temperatures should be measured in the thickest part of the food (if applicable).
As we celebrate the holidays, let’s test our seek-and-find skills with a hunt for some traditional holiday foods and treats. This word search puzzle submitted by our MPH intern, Danielle Pierre, may be printed out or completed on your computer using the highlighter function of your PDF reader. Either way, enjoy—and we hope you have some delicious treats during your safe and happy holidays!
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