USDA urges summer food safety precautions for outdoor cooking

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As families and friends wheel out firepits and grills for this year’s summer season, the USDA wants everyone to keep three safety precautions in mind when preparing food outside.

The federal agriculture department issued a reminder for people to wash their hands regularly, make use of a food thermometer and avoid cross-contamination.

USDA researchers analyzed consumer behavior in test kitchens.

They found that many people forget these precautions, which could lead to avoidable foodborne illness.