Mississippi State Department of Health

Summer Food Safety: Cookouts, picnics, grilling


Summer is heating up and warmer temperatures mean it is important to Be Food Safe and keep foods properly chilled while outdoors and on-the-go.

By keeping foods chilled at the proper temperature, you can reduce the risk of foodborne illness to you and your family. It is especially important to take precautions with perishable foods during the summer, as hot weather creates an atmosphere for foodborne bacteria to multiply rapidly.

Special warning about raw seafood →

Tips to keep foods cold on the road

Tips for keeping clean

Tips for grilling out

  • Always marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. Don't use sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food.
  • Never use the same plate for raw and cooked food.
  • Cook food to a safe internal temperature. Use a food thermometer to be sure.
  • Keep grilled food hot until serving time by moving it to the side of the grill rack. Don't let it sit out on a plate or tray.

Safe food temperatures

Measure internal temperature of food when grilling for perfect (and safe) results!

  • 145°F: whole cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and veal (then allow the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or eating)
  • 145°F: fish
  • 160°F; hamburgers and other ground beef
  • 165°F; all poultry and pre-cooked meats, like hot dogs

After grilling, keep food at 140°F or warmer until it's served

Find out more

Links referenced on this page
Special warning about raw seafood →    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9785,345,html ok
Tip sheet: Safe Grilling    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,18862,377,pdf/CDC_safe_grilling.pdf

Resources referenced
Tip sheet: Safe Grilling    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,18862,377,pdf/CDC_safe_grilling.pdf ok

Find this page at https://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,6659,377.html

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