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Whether you call it futbol or soccer everyone is talking about the World Cup these days.
I have to admit I was never a soccer fan but after having two boys and watching them play endless soccer games during the fall I have learned to love the sport and am excited to watch the World Cup. If you plan to partake in a #WorldCupFiesta like me then you definitely need to keep food safety in mind.
Have you ever been to an outdoor BBQ or party and thought to yourself, “Should I eat this, it’s been sitting out a long time?” or “Did he just flip those burgers with the same spatula he used for the raw ones?” I have such a sensitive stomach and the smallest amount of cross-contamination can make me so sick and you know what, I’m not alone.
Food poisoning is not simply an upset stomach; it is a serious public health threat in America. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) could suffer from foodborne illness this year. To put that into perspective, that’s twice the amount of people (24 million) that watched the U.S. play Ghana in round 16 of the 2010 World Cup! The result is approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and sadly, an estimated 3,000 deaths!
World Cup Food Safety can be achieved on game day by following these simple steps:
- Clean: When preparing party food, clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water. We’re used to washing our hands before sitting down for a meal, but may forget in a party atmosphere.
- Separate: Cross-contamination occurs when raw meats, like your chicken wings or steaks, touch ready-to-eat foods like veggies. In the refrigerator, place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in containers or sealed plastic bags to prevent their juices from dripping onto other foods. When taking food off the grill or out of the oven, don’t put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry.
- Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer. That’s the only way to know it’s a safe temperature. For example sausages should be cooked at 160° F and poultry to 165° F.
- Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly if not consuming after cooking. Follow the two-hour rule: you shouldn’t leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours and try nestling foods in ice to keep them safe for guests!
Worried about a Bacteria BBQ? Check out this video for easy-to-understand food safety tips, including everything you need to know for World Cup Food Safety.
Want to learn even more? Join me today (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) along with several other bloggers for a Twitter party at 1 pm EST – just hours before the anticipated Brazil vs. Mexico game! @USDAFoodSafety will be offering game-day party tips. Just follow the hashtag #WorldCupChat for the English chat and #WorldCupFiesta for the Spanish version. I am @GigGobGulp – would love have you follow along and join in!
This is a sponsored post.I have been compensated by Elements Associates but all opinions are my own.
This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo and Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps