CDC offers Super Bowl food safety tips

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Americans eat more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, except Thanksgiving. To ensure that game day food is safe to eat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises being mindful of bacteria and germs amid large crowds, flu season and buffet-style meals.

To tackle germs, the CDC suggests maintaining a clean buffet table and removing old food that might contain bacteria.

To avoid cross-contamination, raw chicken, hamburger meats and hot dogs should be kept away from each other and cooked thoroughly.

Chicken wings should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees and ground beef should reach 160 degrees.

Foods that need to be kept cool are best placed in small servicing trays or bowls of ice.

Those involved in food preparation should wash their hands and kitchen equipment regularly.

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