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Despite the blazing hot temps, summer means more time outdoors, more cookouts – and with Independence Day around the corner, no doubt you’ve got some great family barbeques planned.

This summer, to be safe and healthy with your food, follow these tips from the US Government’s USDA and CDC websites:

  • If you’re cooking for a large group, follow the USDA’s seven steps to success (PDF).
  • Everyone loves a good hotdog, but barbecues can cause unsafe food preparation. To prevent this, be sure to keep your grilling safe.
  • In the warmer weather, you might be doing more activities outside. If you’re hiking, camping, or boating (PDF), the USDA has guidelines for keeping food safe without limiting your summer outdoor fun!
  • When you’re super hungry after all of your summer activities, it can be hard to be patient for food to be completely cooked! has a helpful guide to safe minimum cooking temperatures.

For more seasonal safety tips, visit the CDC’s page on Summertime Safety, and to learn more about food preparation, check out FoodSafety.Gov,  for Food Safety Myths Exposed!