JACKSON, Tenn. — With Independence Day approaching, USDA Food and Safety Specialists want to help you avoid common food mistakes this year.

According to the CDC, foodborne illnesses result in roughly 48 million people getting sick and about 3-thousand deaths in the United States.

According to the USDA’s Public Affair Specialist, Kenneth King, one major way to prevent this issue is to wash your hands before, during and after preparing your meal.

Another way to prevent this issue includes making sure you use a thermostat to make sure your food is cooking properly.

“We want to make sure that our meat and poultry is fully cooked. If we fail to cook our meat and poultry, we could get a variety of different illnesses ranging from Salmonella and E. Coli, which are some of the big ones. The only way to know if you contracted a foodborne illness, or if you suspect that you have, we recommend that you see a doctor,” said King.

King stated that it also important that your meat is kept cold until you are ready to start cooking it.

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