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Information Update – Barbecue Food Safety Tips

May 17, 2012

OTTAWA, May 17, 2012 /CNW/ – Barbecue season has begun and Health Canada
would like to remind Canadians of steps they can take to avoid
foodborne illness caused by bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Eating undercooked meat and other foods that have come into contact with
raw meat can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms can include severe
stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and diarrhea.

You can help lower your risk of foodborne illness by handling and
cooking raw meat carefully.


        --  Raw meat should always be stored in a refrigerator or cooler at
            4ºC (40ºF) or below.
        --  If you are storing raw meat in a cooler, make sure that it is
            packed with ice and that it stays out of direct sunlight. Avoid
            opening it too often.
        --  Ensure meat products are well sealed so their juices don't come
            in contact with other food products, thus avoiding


        --  Remember to wash your hands and other utensils, like cutting
            boards, countertops and knives, carefully with soap and warm
            water before and after handling raw meat. This helps to avoid
            cross-contamination and prevent the spread of foodborne

When you grill:

        --  Colour alone is not a reliable indicator that meat is safe to
            eat. Meat can turn brown before all bacteria are killed. Use a
            digital food thermometer to be sure.
        --  To check the temperature of meat that you are cooking on the
            barbecue, take it off the grill and insert a digital food
            thermometer through the thickest part of the meat.
        --  If you are cooking a beef hamburger, take the patty from the
            grill and insert a digital food thermometer through its side,
            all the way to the middle.
        --  If you are cooking more than one patty, or several pieces of
            meat, be sure to check the temperature of each piece.
        --  Use clean utensils and plates when removing cooked meats from
            the grill.
        --  Remember to wash the thermometer in hot, soapy water between
            temperature readings.
        --  Always remember to keep hot food hot until it is ready to

Always follow these safe internal temperatures to make sure that the
food that you are cooking is safe to eat:

    |                              Food           |      Temperature   |
    |Beef, veal and lamb (pieces and whole cuts)  |                    |
    |                                             |                    |
    |    --  Medium-rare                          |    --  63°C (145°F)|
    |    --  Medium                               |    --  71°C (160°F)|
    |Pork (pieces and whole cuts)                 |                    |
    |                                             |                    |
    |Poultry (e.g, chicken, turkey, duck)         |                    |
    |                                             |                    |
    |    --  Pieces                               |    --  74°C (165°F)|
    |Ground meat and meat mixtures                |                    |
    |(e.g, burgers, sausages, meatballs, meatloaf,|                    |
    |casseroles)                                  |                    |
    |                                             |                    |
    |    --  Beef, veal, lamb and pork            |    --  71°C (160°F)|
    |Egg dishes                                   |                    |
    |                                             |                    |
    |Others                                       |                    |
    |(e.g, hot dogs, stuffing, leftovers)         |                    |

It is estimated that there are approximately 11 million cases of
food-related illness in Canada every year. Many of these cases could be
prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques.

For more information on food safety tips while barbecuing, please visit:

Government of Canada’s Barbecuing Food Safety Tips

Government of Canada’s Food Safety Portal

Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education’s Be Food Safe Canada

It’s Your Health on Summer Food Safety

It’s Your Health on How to Avoid Illness from Hamburgers

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SOURCE Health Canada

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