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Summer Food Safety

Cooking outdoors is a summer activity best shared with family and friends. But in order to stay healthy, it's important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food borne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely:

Store to Home
When shopping, buy cold food like meat and poultry last, right before checkout. Put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags to guard against cross-contamination, which happens when raw meat juices drip onto other food packages.

 

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Cook Thoroughly

Cook food to a safe minimum temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. Meat & poultry cooked on a grill often browns very fast on the outside. Use a food thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe minimum internal temperature.

Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures
Whole poultry: 165 °F
Poultry breasts: 165 °F
Ground poultry: 165 °F
Hamburgers, beef: 160 °F
Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks, roasts and chops): Medium rare 145 °F, Medium 160 °F
All cuts of pork: 160 °F
Source: USDA.gov

Don't forget to check out your local Grocery Outlet store for great values on excellent cuts of meat!  Our meat is cut-to-order just for Grocery Outlet, then packed and delivered fresh several times a week. All of our fresh-cut meat is USDA Natural—minimally processed with no added ingredients.  So-called “sale” meat at regular stores is not well-trimmed, so you pay for parts you can’t eat, but Grocery Outlet trims extra-close, so you get the most for your money.

We provide quality meat at great prices.  It’s just that simple.


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