NEW YORK (CNN) - It's a time many fans wait for all year, and its here, in full-force. Football!
If you're planning to tailgate this football season, make sure to plan ahead to keep free from food borne illness all season long.
The sights and the sounds are both part of a good tailgating party. Oh, and of course the food.
“Tailgating can be a lot of fun but I think the most important thing you have to do is remember that a good offense is the best defense when it comes to protecting the food that you're going to bring with you,” said registered dietitian Marisa Moore.
Moore said plan ahead to keep guests at your game day get-together healthy. “1 in 6 people get sick from some sort of food borne illness every single year, so it's important to make sure that you have some way to wash hands.”
Other common mistakes she sees people make? One is cross contamination. “That is, they take a plate that maybe had some raw meat and they add the cooked stuff back to it, and that's a big no, no, because that's one way to transfer bacteria.”
Another is not using one very important device; “A meat thermometer or a food thermometer is the best way and really the only way to make sure that your meat has reached a safe internal temperature.”
Also, keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
Lastly, remember the two-hour rule. Moore said, “You don't want to leave anything out for more than 2 hours, and, if you do, you need to toss it out.”
If it's over 90 degrees, make that one hour.