As you're grilling and entertaining this Memorial Day, keep food safety in mind

Published: May. 30, 2016 at 7:10 AM EDT
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Memorial Day and cookouts go hand in hand.

But while summer entertaining is fun, you don't want to also deal with a food-borne illness.

Martha Ross is a Carilion registered dietitian. She says the main key to keeping foods out of the so-called "danger zone," is to keep cold food at or below 40 °F, in the refrigerator, in coolers, or in containers on ice.

Ross also recommends keeping hot foods hot, at or above 140 °F, on warming trays, in slow cookers or on the grill. She says to use a food thermometer to check the safe recommended temperatures.

Other tips we found include these reminders: never leave food out between 40 and 140 ˚F for more than two hours. If the temperature is above 90 °F, food should not be left out more than one hour.

Also, Ross says if you are feeling a bit sick after a cookout, here are the signs to watch for:



Watery diarrhea

Abdominal pain and cramps