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Officials Urge Caution In 4th Of July Cookouts

Last updated on Thursday, June 30, 2011

(UNDATED) - It’s the time of year families get together for picnics and cookouts and it’s also time to watch out for food borne illness.

Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program Director Scott Gilliam says the number one way to prevent food borne illness is to make sure that if you're sick, to not handle food.

Gilliam says Norovirus is the most common way for people to contract a food borne illness, but others include salmonella, e-coli and campylobacter.

Gilliam explains how people get sick "those come from either undercooking potentially hazardous foods like meat products or cross-contamination from raw meat products to ready to eat foods".

Gilliam says to prevent illness, cook chicken, or any poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 155 degrees and hot dogs need to be reheated to at least 135 degrees.

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