Celebrating Cinco de Mayo food safety-style

The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only reason people will be celebrating Saturday. It’s also Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that honors the Mexican army’s victory over France in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. Nowadays, it’s a day to celebrate Mexican heritage.

Want to spice up your weekend with some Cinco de Mayo recipes? Check some out here.

Remember these food handling tips:

  • Don’t use the same plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods.
  • Having a fiesta? Remember the two hour rule, that is, don’t leave food at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Keep the preparation and serving areas clean.
  • Wash your hands. A lot.
  • If cooking meat, ensure that’s cooked to a safe temperature:
    • Ground beef and pork: 160°F
    • Beef, pork and lamb chops, steaks and roasts: 145°F
    • Poultry: 165°F

Check out these tips from the USDA for cooking for groups.

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