Last minute plays to ensure you host a championship-level party for the big game

Posted: 4:39 PM, Feb 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-03 17:40:32-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to remind fans of foodborne illness to prepare for the Super Bowl.

Foodborne illness kills 3,000 Americans every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. At Super Bowl parties, finger foods and communal dishes are often ideal conditions for bacteria to breed. Here are some of the USDA's winning ways to prevent foodborne illness at your party:

- Play Defense: Don't cross contaminate. Separate raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood by using plastic bags to prevent juices from dripping into other foods. Use separate cutting boards and knives.

- Intercept Bacteria: Use a food thermometer to ensure foods have been fully cooked. Chicken wings must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the temperature at the thickest part of the meat.

- Avoid the Danger Zone: Most bacteria grow at a temperature between 40 - 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Refrigerate food promptly. Don't leave food at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Some more tips from Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps range from snacking faux-pas to what guests should know. Avoid double-dipping and licking your fingers clean. About 66 percent of Americans admit to double-dipping, while 47 percent admit hiding their double dips from others.

Don't overthink your party for the big game. Most hosts stress over finding snacks that everyone will enjoy. Host a championship party by having a variety of food.