(WAFB) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is trying to make sure people avoid food poisoning this summer by offering grilling safety tips.
According to the USDA, an estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with food poisoning.
Officials said perishable food items, including raw meat and poultry, need to be kept at 40°F or below to reduce bacterial growth.
They added perishable foods held above 40°F for more than two hours should not be eaten and in hot weather (above 90°F), food should be thrown away if it sits out for more than an hour.
The USDA recommends using a cooler to keep food cold during the summer when away from home.
It also suggests having a food thermometer, two sets of cooking utensils, and other items to prevent food poisoning.