Barbecue food safety tips for the summer

NORFOLK - Picnics and barbecues are a lot of fun, but there is nothing fun about contracting a food-borne illness at a summer event.  Registered Dietician Vicki Brown with Faith Regional Health Services says it is important to keep the cold foods cold, and the hot foods hot.  She reminds barbecue chefs to NOT put the cooked meat on the same tray used to hold the raw product, and to be careful about cross-contamination of fruits and vegetables with cutting boards and other utensils used to handle raw meat. Brown also reminds everyone to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when handling food, and to keep raw meat juices away from cooked meat and other food products.