Serving friends and family safely during the big game is a win for everyone. Don’t fail this Sunday at the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LVIII kicks off on February 11th, and football fans will be flocking to watch the big game while enjoying their favorite foods. Whether you’re ordering delivery or preparing and serving food to your guests, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is helping you avoid Super Bowl foodborne illness on game day. We have several plans in place.
“Super Bowl parties are a fun time for people to relax and enjoy the big game, but food safety must remain a top priority,” said Dr. Emilio Esteban, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety. . “Simple measures, such as not leaving food at room temperature for more than two hours and keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold, can help keep your friends and family safe.”
Follow these USDA tips to avoid being taken offside when it comes to food safety this Sunday at the Super Bowl.
Delivery and takeout food
If you’re ordering takeout early before a big game, make sure there’s someone to pick up your food in a timely manner. Store food that will not be eaten immediately in the refrigerator. If you want to store leftovers, divide them into portions and place them in small, shallow containers. Fresh food left at room temperature must be eaten within two hours of preparation.
Stay in the Danger Zone, not in the Danger Zone
When feeding a group, follow the two-hour rule. If fresh food is left in the danger zone (between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for more than two hours, bacteria can grow rapidly. Meat and poultry must be refrigerated or frozen within two hours of sitting on the counter in the danger zone. If you’re enjoying a big game and will be serving food for more than two hours, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Hot foods should be kept above 140 F using warming trays, chaffing dishes, or slow cookers. Cold foods should be stored below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To keep it cold, portion out portions or fill containers with ice.
Do not leave leftover food unattended
Super Bowl leftovers can be safely stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat leftovers to a safe internal temperature of 165 F as measured with a food thermometer. Reheat liquid foods such as soups and sauces to boiling. Tasting food to determine its safety is dangerous. If in doubt, throw it away!
Always remember the 4 steps to food safety
- clean-Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before, during and after preparing food. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently using soap, water, and disinfectant. A recent USDA study found that 96% of handwashing attempts failed because all required steps were not followed.
- another-Use separate cutting boards. One for raw meat and poultry and one for fruits and vegetables. Store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods and cooking utensils.
- Cook-Use a food thermometer to cook meat and poultry products to a safe internal temperature.
- Chill-If you no longer want to eat food, leave it at room temperature and return it to the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours.
If you have questions about food safety, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or email MPHotline@usda.gov , chat live at 10 a.m. at www.ask.usda.gov. Monday through Friday at 6pm ET.
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***Courtesy of USDA***