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Hosting a football party? Don’t commit a food foul

Superbowl Food The day of the big game is a big day for food. Americans chow down on “Super Bowl Sunday” more than any other day of the year, aside from Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Keep your guests focused on the game and not on their stomachs with these food safety guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often. To avoid spreading germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Do this before preparing, eating and handling food.
  • Cook food to federally recommended cooking temperatures. Doing so eliminates bacteria that can cause food poisoning. You can find guidelines under the “Keep Food Safe” tab at foodsafety.gov.
  • Don’t let foods sit at room temperature for long. Anything left out for two hours or more is unsafe. Keep hot food hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers and warming trays. Cold food should be kept in bowls of ice or put out in small quantities straight from the fridge. 
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Provide serving utensils and plates for each dish so there’s no temptation to eat dips and salsa straight from serving bowls.