El Paso public health officials offer tips to avoid food poisoning
Memorial Day typically means picnics and Bar-B-Ques, but before planning a meal El Paso's Department of Public Health has some tips to avoid food poisoning.
Officials suggest keeping meat and vegetables separate, have enough ice to store food, cook all meats until the center reaches 165 degrees and never keep any food out too long.
"Never should it be over two hours. If people are going to be late you should refrigerate and as people come back you should reheat it again," said David Sublasky from El Paso’s Department of Public Health.
Officials also suggest keeping the number of people handling the food to a limit and always wash your hands before cooking and eating.