In South Cobb, we love our barbecue. So it’s a given that plenty of people will grill out this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
However, as the Fourth of July approaches, cases of foodborne illnesses are surging in the summer season because bacteria multiply faster when it’s warm.
To avoid foodborne illness at your summer cookout, just remember these four simple steps: clean, separate, cook and chill. It’s as simple as that.
- Clean: Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food.
- Separate: Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards.
- Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
- Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.
At least 1 in 6 Americans, or an estimated 48 million total, will get sick from foodborne illnesses this year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and