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Get Ready to Grill Safely

Summer grilling season is here! Consider using a meat thermometer to ensure your food is cooked at the right temperature to kill germs. This simple step may help you and your family avoid potential food borne illnesses.

Here are more grilling tips to keep your family safe.

  • Don’t rely on color and texture alone. Use a food thermometer to be sure. Learn more about the different types of food thermometers available.

  • When you think your food is done, place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, making sure not to touch bone, fat or gristle.

  • Wait the amount of time recommended for your type of thermometer.

  • Compare your thermometer to this minimum cooking temperatures chart to be sure the meat has reached a safe temperature. Note, some foods need three minutes of rest time after cooking to make sure that harmful germs are killed.

  • Clean your food thermometer with hot, soapy water after each use.

For more tips, click the below poster from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.