The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are suggesting that you take preventative measures when it comes to setting out food for your parties on Super Bowl Sunday.
Here are the tips:
Wash your hands.
Prevent cross contamination.
Use a food thermometer.
Use serving utensils.
When in doubt, throw it out.
Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a food borne illness.
The CDC also suggests to sanitize all of your work surfaces including cutting boards, knives, counter tops and in between items, especially if you’re working with raw meats.
Thomas Sahr, Director of Food and Nutrition at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital says time and temperature control for food is very important.
“A food borne illness can be general nausea and discomfort all the way to vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure,” says Sahr. “It can be a very serious situation that can lead to a hospital visit, certainly not something we want to do after a great event like the Super Bowl.”
Using utensils is important especially during flu season. The CDC says it is best to minimize bare hand contact with any food items.
If your food has been sitting out all game, while this may be unfortunate, it is best to dispose of the leftovers.