Tackle your Big Game party with food safety plays

Following these food safety rules will keep fans safe and make you the winner!

Hosting a party for the Big Game on Sunday? Providing a buffet is the easiest way to feed a crowd with a variety of delicious appetizers and snacks to munch on during the big game. Keep in mind that the pre-game, during the game and post-game could go on for several hours; consider setting food out at halftime or feeding your crowd prior to kickoff. Regardless of your decision follow these guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep your fans safe:

Keep it clean. Before handling food, thoroughly wash hands, food, prep areas, tools, fruits and vegetables. Remember, meat does not need to be Michigan State University Extension recommends football fans take some time to plan for their event, regardless if it is big or small. It is estimated that Americans consume one billion chicken wings during the Big Game, it is important to make sure they are cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. By investing in a good food thermometer, being aware of the temperature danger zone (between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, where harmful bacteria grows) you set yourself up for a victory – regardless of who wins the game.

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