Don't let bad food spoil your holiday weekend - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Don't let bad food spoil your holiday weekend

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Fourth of July celebrations across the county always centers on close friends, family and great food, usually from the barbeque.

However, without the correct preparation, the food you eat this weekend could contain a food borne illness.

"Don't cross contaminate. Make sure you wash your hands, wash your dishes. If you take food out to the grill, that is raw meat, make sure to wash the plate before you put the food back on it so you don't cross contaminate," explains Director of Food Systems Institute, Pat Curtis.

Food borne illnesses, like salmonella, peak in the summertime due to warmer temperatures.

There are several ways to reduce the risk, starting with clean surfaces, keeping raw meats separate from vegetables, and adequate heating of raw products using a thermometer.

"If you leave it out for more than two hours you probably want to trash it. You don't want to save it for leftovers. Same thing for keeping it hot, you want to keep your foods above 140 degrees so cook your food thoroughly," says Curtis.

After your food it prepared correctly and it is time for the grill, make sure you handle cooking duties with care.

Check for gas leaks in your gas grills and make sure your grill is at least ten feet off the wall, where there is no overhang or vegetation that could catch on fire.

"Being observant of your surroundings, again, making sure you don't have children running around the grill. We don't want any kids or adults being burned by the grill," explains City of Auburn Battalion Chief, Josh Datnoff.

When the food is cooked and the grilling is done, make sure your coals are cool before properly disposing them.

"We've had fires start that way, so make sure your coals are completely out before you discharge them in a trash can or in the woods," says Datnoff.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Crowds low at Olympic hockey playoff games

    The Latest: Crowds low at Olympic hockey playoff games

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-02-24 01:14:57 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:45 AM EST2018-02-24 05:45:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>
  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-24 05:36:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
  • Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:46 AM EST2018-02-23 16:46:30 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-24 05:36:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.More >>
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.More >>
Powered by Frankly