Keep food safety in mind when tailgating


Story by: Katie Allen, Communications Specialist, News Media and Marketing Services, K-State; Source: Londa Vanderwal Nwadike, State Extension Food Safety Specialist, Kansas State University and University of Missouri Extension

Tailgating season is underway, and as football fans flock to games with their grills and favorite tailgating foods, they must keep in mind several food safety measures to keep from getting sick.

“For some people, tailgating may be more important than the game itself,” said Londa Vanderwal Nwadike, state extension food safety specialist for Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. “However, food safety can be more challenging when preparing and eating foods outdoors where refrigeration and running water are likely not available.”

Nwadike said the following tips help people reduce their risk of getting foodborne illness from what should be a fun event.

For important tips on planning ahead, appropriate storage and handling, and cooking and serving foods safely, read the full version of this article at


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