Four Things to Remember for the Fourth

July 1, 2011 at 9:36 am , by

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs this Fourth of July, how about some fresh bacteria casserole? Or maybe some salmonella with a side of E. coli? Doesn’t that sound appetizing? We didn’t think so either. But the thought of those cringe-inducing dishes is just one of the ways a new food safety campaign got our attention.

The USDA, FDA, CDC and the Ad Council have cooked up a “Food Safe Families” campaign to remind people that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. See the strange yet memorable pig-in-a-sauna one, below.

We know many parts of the country will feel like a sauna this weekend, and you’ll probably be outside grilling something. So keep your delicious barbecued chicken, juicy cheeseburgers and yummy hot dogs free of food-borne illnesses.


Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils and hands with soap and water while preparing food.

Separate raw meats from other foods with different cutting boards.

Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.

Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.

For the skinny on just how many E. coli cells it takes to make you sick, check out our interview with Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the USDA. (Hint: it’s not many.) Head to for more tips.

Happy Fourth of July from the LHJ Health Ladies!