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Tailgating Food Safety

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It's a time many fans wait for all year, and its here, in full-force...football! 

If you're planning to tailgate, plan ahead to keep free from food borne illness all season long. 

Holly Firfer has more in today's medical report.

The sights, the sounds, are part of a good tailgating party.

Oh, and of course, the food!

Tailgating can be a lot of fun but I think the most important thing you have to do is remember that a good offense is the best defense when it comes to protecting the food that you're gonna bring with you.

Plan ahead to keep guests at your game day get-together healthy, says registered dietitian Marisa Moore.

1 in 6 people get sick from some sort of food borne illness every single year, so it's important to make sure that you have some way to wash hands

Other common mistakes she sees people make?

One is cross contamination.

That is, they take a plate that maybe had some raw meat and they add the cooked stuff back to it. And that's a big no no, because that's one way to transfer bacteria 

Another, not using one very important device.

A meat thermometer or a food thermometer is the best way and really the only way to make sure that your meat has reached a safe internal temperature

Also, keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.

And lastly- remember the two-hour rule.

You don't want to leave anything out for more than 2 hours, and, if you do, you need to toss it out.

If it's over 90 degrees, make that one hour.

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