Grilling is healthy cooking method and a fun summer tradition. But for most of us, firing up the grill comes with handling a lot of raw meat, fish, or poultry. Cross contamination can happen more easily than you think and can cause foodborne illness. So here are a few very important tips to help keep your family and friends as healthy and safe as possible.
- Beef, veal, lamb, and pork roasts, steaks, and chops to at least 145⁰F, with a 3-minute rest time after removal from the heat source.
- Hamburgers and all ground beef, veal, lamb, and pork to at least 160⁰F
- Chicken (breast, whole, thigh, or wing) and ground poultry to at least 165⁰F
- Fish to at least 145⁰F or until opaque and flakes easily
*Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, www.fda.gov
You’ve probably heard that grilling meat can increase the amount of carcinogens in your food. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when beef, pork, fish, or poultry, are cooked at high-temperatures, such as when grilling directly over an open flame. PAH’s are found in charred foods and HCA’s are found in meats that have been cooked at these high temperatures.
Studies have shown that a high level of exposure to these chemicals can cause cancer in animals but they have not been able to replicate those studies in humans. But as of now, there are no established guidelines for the consumption of foods containing HCAs and PAHs.
Though research has a long way to go, you can minimize your exposure to HCA’s and PAH’s by taking the following steps:
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