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* Keep everything clean that food touches including hands, utensils, surfaces, and cutting boards.

* Always wash your hands before and after touching raw meat.

* If you use a knife or any other utensil on raw meat, don't use it for other foods without first washing it in hot soapy water.

* Keep separate cutting boards for raw meats and ready-to-eat products.

* Cook/Grill ground meat patties till done (160 degrees). Cook other cuts of beef to at least 145 degrees and pork to at least 160 degrees.

* To use a marinade as a sauce, be sure to boil it for at least 2 minutes before serving.

* Do not cook any meat, poultry or fish in stages (partially cooking it to save time, then finishing it later). Even if you store it in the refrigerator between cooking periods, safe temperatures might not be maintained.