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Valentine Day Food Safety Tips for Your Night In or Out

No one wants to think about getting a food illness from Valentine Day food, but even well meaning, good dining choices, can end the celebration early.

Valentine Day Food Safety Tips when dining in or out.

Valentine Day Food Safety Tips when dining in or out.

Whether you are going to a restaurant or preparing a meal at home, make sure your Valentine Day food is safe.

For those treating their sweetheart to a romantic night out, please follow these Valentine Day food safety steps.

A Quiet Valentine Day Night In.

Seven tips for takeout, delivery, or preparing your home-cook Valentine Day food.

  • Keep hot foods hot! After food is cooked, hold it at an internal temperature of 140°F or hotter. Keeping food warm (between 40°F and 140°F) rather than hot encourages growth of germs that cause foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning. Use a food thermometer to make sure your meal stays out of the danger zone.
  • Keep COLD food COLD! Keep Cold foods at 40°F or colder.
  • Cook food thoroughly.  A food thermometer is a critical tool to ensure your romantic meal is safe. If poultry is on the menu (including ground poultry), the thickest part must reach an internal temperature of 165°F or higher. Whole cuts of meat and seafood should have an internal temperature of 145°F. For ground meats other than poultry, a safe internal temperature is 160°F. Learn more about safe cooking temperatures.
  • Valentine Day Food Tips for eating home or out.

  • Bake safely. Molten chocolate lava cakes, red velvet cheesecake, truffles and chocolate mousse are some of the most iconic Valentine Day food treats. But, amateur and season bakers should be extra careful preparing these sweets since they call for chocolate, cream and eggs. Stop Foodborne Illness recommends avoiding no-bake recipes and always baking desserts to an internal temperature of at least 160°F to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Follow the two-hour rule. Throw away all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs, and casseroles that have been left at room temperature longer than two hours. Or one hour if the temperature outside is warmer than 90°F.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Before cuddling up on the couch, get those leftovers in the refrigerator!  Letting food sit out longer than two hours is one of the most common food safety mistakes. The recommendation is storing leftovers in 2-inch deep, shallow containers within two hours of serving.

For more food safety tips please visit www.stopfoodborneillness.org/awareness. If you think you have been sickened from food, check this out and contact your local health professional.

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