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Grill Safely this Summer: Protecting Public Health with CDC Guidelines

As we enjoy summer festivities, it's essential to prioritize food safety for the health of all. According to the CDC, proper handling and cooking of food can prevent foodborne illnesses. Always keep raw meats separate from ready-to-eat foods, use a food thermometer to ensure meats reach safe temperatures (at least 165°F for poultry), and refrigerate leftovers promptly.

During a picnic or event, perishable foods should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours (or 1 hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90°F). This helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses. For more information, visit the CDC's guidelines on food safety: CDC Food Safety.