Super bowl snack safety

USAgNet - 02/09/2024

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the excitement is palpable, but don't let food safety penalties ruin your game day.

Experts emphasize the importance of careful food handling to prevent foodborne illnesses while advocating for a menu filled with locally-grown and processed ingredients.

Here's how to ensure your Super Bowl party is both safe and supportive of local agriculture:

· Kickoff with Cleanliness: Washing hands and surfaces correctly can block harmful bacteria from crushing your party. Remember, 20 seconds under the soap!

· Avoid Foodborne Fouls: Use separate utensils and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods to dodge cross-contamination.

· Strategize Serving: Don't let your food linger in the Danger Zone (40°F to 140°F) for more than two hours. Utilize timers and serve food in shifts to keep them at safe temperatures.

· Defense Against Bacteria: Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Use thermometers to check that foods are cooked to the right temperature: 165°F for chicken wings, 160°F for burgers, and 165°F for reheated foods.

· Celebrate with Local Pride: Embrace locals by choosing locally-grown -produced foods for your party. Not only does this support local farmers, but it also adds a touch of homegrown flavor to your spread.

By following these guidelines, you're not just throwing a great Super Bowl party; you're also promoting food safety and supporting agriculture. So, this Super Bowl, let's cheer for our teams and our state's bountiful harvests!

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