Photo from FoodSafety.gov website.

Photo from FoodSafety.gov website.

CARROLL COUNTY, Mo. – When it comes to Independence Day, one of the only things that Americans love more than our freedom and fireworks, is food. But, 48-million Americans get sick from food borne illness every year according to Kristina Beaugh, part of the Food Education Staff at the U.S.D.A.

Click to hear Kristina speak with KMZU’s Mike Stone about the four ways to keep food safe this holiday and year round, plus get info on where to find an app that will keep you and yours healthy.

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Kristina Beau wants every backyard Gourmet to practice four basic steps. The first two are “Clean and Separate.”

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Failure to do so will allow the juices of raw products to contaminate the ready to eat meal. The final two steps are Cook and Chill.

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The U.S.D.A. also has a useful App that can be used anytime called the Foodkeeper, a database of over 400 different types of food and beverages.

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The Foodkeeper App is available in the Apple and Android App stores with links provided at FoodSafety.gov. The FoodSafety website is also a great source of information on 4th of July food safety. It also includes this article by Bridgette Keefe.