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Food & Nutrition

September is National Food Safety Education Month....

Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill (CDC website)

Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often.

Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate.

Cook to the right temperature.

Chill: Refrigerate promptly.

Tailgating Food Safety

Keeping food safe at a tailgate gathering requires the same safe food handling practices as picnicking outdoors because a refrigerator and running water are probably not available. Include lots of clean utensils for preparing and serving the safely cooked food. In addition to a grill and fuel for cooking food, pack a food thermometer to be sure the meat and poultry reach a high enough temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present...

For more information, visit the USDA website:

Tailgating Food Safety Q & A | Food Safety and Inspection Service (usda.gov)

5 Tips for Tailgating (University of Arkansas website)


Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County offers free or low-cost educational workshops and lots of useful information on food-related topics from food safety and nutrition to healthy eating on a limited budget. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, then give us a call to learn more!


Karen Roberts Mort
Association Resource Educator

Last updated September 6, 2023