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November 1, 2002

ALBANY - Many of you are probably loading up the truck right now for a weekend of tailgating and Georgia-Florida football. Some advice for tailgaters, you need to make sure you take some simple precautions to avoid food poisoning and other illnesses.

You should always keep your raw meat separate from other foods, and keep cold food on ice at a temperature less than forty degrees.

Jim Pericaud, with the Environmental Health Department said, "Folks out having good time this weekend, don't want good time to end up in tragedy, food bourne illness can be quite serious."

Before you start your grilling you'll also need a meat thermometer. Hamburgers should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 155 degrees, chicken 165 degrees.

posted at 5:40 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com