Media Release

June 18, 2012

 Grill safely this summer season

Follow York Region’s tips to prevent food poisoning during warm weather
NEWMARKET – As temperatures rise, so does the risk of food borne-illness, also known as food poisoning. With summer barbecue season in full swing, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to follow four simple steps to ensure a safe and healthy grilling season.
Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly
• Wash hands with soap and warm water before preparing and after handling food
• Wash and sanitize preparation areas, including countertops, utensils and other items that come into contact with food
• Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly by rinsing them under cool running water
Separate: Do not cross-contaminate
• Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other food in your shopping cart and grocery bags
• Never reuse marinade that has been used to marinate raw meat
• Place cooked food on a clean plate and never reuse plates or cutting boards that previously held raw food
Cook: Ensure food is cooked to a safe internal temperature
• Use a probe thermometer to check internal temperature of food to ensure it has reached a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria that can cause food-borne illness
• Hamburgers made of ground beef, pork or lamb should be cooked to an internal temperature of 71ºC (160ºF) or higher
• Hamburgers made of ground chicken or turkey and vegetable-based burgers should be cooked to an internal temperature of 74ºC (165ºF) or higher
• Whole poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 85ºC (185ºF)
• Cooked food not eaten immediately should be chilled or held hot at 60ºC (140ºF) until consumed
Chill: Refrigerate food promptly, cool food quickly
• Promptly refrigerate or freeze meat after purchase
• Keep the refrigerator at  4°C (40°F) or cooler
• Thaw food in the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave, never at room temperature
• Food thawed in the microwave should be cooked immediately
• Perishable food left out for more than two hours should be discarded
• Refrigerate leftover food as soon as possible and use within 48 hours
Common symptoms of food-borne illnesses include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Residents who believe they may be experiencing a food-borne illness should seek medical attention.
For more information on this or any other health-related program, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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