Food safety tips for Independence Day

Joyce Lupiani

Food safety tips for Independence Day

CREATED Jul. 2, 2013

(KTNV) -- Picnics and cookouts are common activities around Independence Day and it is important not to forget about food safety in the middle of all the fun and fireworks.

A dietitian from the Cleveland Clinic is offering advice for those who may be eating and cooking outside on the 4th of July.

First of all, don't let food sit out too long. Especially in this heat.

Instead, place containers of food on ice, which will help keep them cool.

Also, be sure to cook all of your meats thoroughly. The safe internal cooking temperature is 165 degrees.

It is also important to keep your raw foods separated from cooked food.

Also, do not leave out at room temperature for more than two hours.