Infographic: Summer Grilling and Food Safety Tips from the Chicken Experts at Foster Farms

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Visual guide includes more than 20 food safety tips and techniques for grilling season

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The infographic depicts more than 20 simple steps that can make a big difference in improving safety from the store, to the kitchen, to the grill.

Foster Farms today released a new visual guide for food safety tips and techniques during summer grilling season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that risk of foodborne illness increases during summer months as the weather warms (making food more susceptible to spoiling) and as more people cook and entertain outside.

The infographic depicts more than 20 simple steps that can make a big difference in improving safety from the store, to the kitchen, to the grill. Tips include keeping raw meat and poultry packages separate from other foods in the grocery cart and in your refrigerator; washing reusable shopping bags frequently; using designated color-coded cutting boards for meat, poultry and produce; and using different tongs and plates for raw and cooked meat and poultry.

“As summer heats up, so do grills across the nation,” said Ira Brill, Foster Farms’ Director of Communications. “In addition to providing food safety tips on our packages and our website, we wanted to give consumers another resource that visually portrays how to safely store, prepare and handle raw meats. Our infographic provides beyond-the-basics tips guided by the ABC reminder to “Always Be Careful,” when preparing raw meat and poultry products.”

The infographic is available at http://www.facebook.com/FosterFarms. A high resolution version is available upon request.

ABOUT FOSTER FARMS
Food safety is Foster Farms’ highest priority and the company reminds consumers to always follow safe handling, preparation and storage guidelines for the preparation of fresh poultry products. All fresh poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (boneless and ground) and 180°F and 170°F (bone-in: breast and drums; thighs and wings). Visit http://www.fosterfarms.com to learn more.

Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken and turkey products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. The company specializes in fresh, all natural chicken and turkey products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Since 1987 all Foster Farms fresh chicken sold in the Pacific Northwest has been grown locally. The company works with more than 40 independent family-owned farms in Washington and Oregon in Oregon and Washington within close proximity to major Pacific Northwest cities and towns, and Foster Farms fresh chicken is delivered fresh to the store in 48 hours or less. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. The company’s commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and people is a source of great pride, and, a longtime family tradition. Visit http://www.fosterfarms.com to learn more.

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