Canadians Reminded Of Hamburger Food Safety Tips

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Barbeque season has begun and Health Canada would like to remind Canadians of steps they can take to avoid food borne illness from E. coli bacteria from ground beef.

Eating undercooked ground beef can result in a type of food borne illness commonly called hamburger disease, caused by E. coli bacteria. Symptoms can include severe stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. Hamburger disease can be avoided by handling and cooking raw ground beef carefully.

Before you grill:

* When at the grocery store, be sure to keep raw meat separate from other products. Put packages of raw meat in separate plastic bags to keep meat juices from leaking onto other foods.

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* Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling any raw food, especially raw meat, poultry and seafood.

* Make your hamburger patties thin so that they will easily cook all the way through.

* Keep raw hamburger meat away from other hamburger fixings, such as lettuce, tomato, cheese and condiments.

* Use hot, soapy water to clean all surfaces that come into contact with raw meat.

When you cook:

* Your beef hamburger (fresh or frozen) is done when its internal temperature reaches 71

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