Whether your team wins or loses Super Bowl LIV, you probably have leftovers — leftovers that will be consumed as you watch your team’s highlights the next day or consumed  as you try to forget your team’s loss by watching Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelor.”

Here are some Food Safety tips from the USDA on how to keep your celebrating on track or keep post-game woes from getting worse.

Avoid bacterial growth

  • Divide perishable food items into smaller portions or pieces, place in a shallow container and refrigerate (or freeze) within two hours after the party.
  • Most refrigerated leftovers


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From college to the pros, Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest times of the football season. Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on how to safely cook and serve food at your tailgate party.

Pregame

Bring the right tools

Make sure to game plan and bring all the proper cooking and cleaning supplies.

  • Clean utensils for preparing and serving cooked food
  • A food thermometer, vital for knowing that your meat and poultry reaches a high enough temperature to destroy harmful bacteria.
  • An insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice,


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The NFL playoffs are often a time for gatherings of family and friends for fun and food.

Just as a team cannot be successful unless all the players are on the same page, game-day feasting must follow a food safety playbook to avoid painful penalties. Hosts and guests must buy in to the basic rules of food safety to avoid a yellow flag on seven-layer dip.

With only eight teams left in the post-season battle for the Super Bowl, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding people about how to keep foodborne illness on the bench and out of the
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(Editor’s note: This University of Delaware Cooperative Extension article was posted here and is being reposted with permission.) With fall comes cooling air, leaves turning colors, and stadiums across the country filling up with football fans. It also means the ever-popular tailgate party before, and sometimes after, the game. You can think of tailgating just like a coach and team approaches a football game. Know your opponent: The opponent at your tailgate event is harmful microbes. Under the right conditions, bacteria multiply to levels that can cause us to become ill. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and in
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