As you prepare for a summer cookout or picnic, one thing you don't want on the menu is food poisoning.

We get food safety tips from Meredith Carothers with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

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If you have food safety questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854. It's open weekdays from 10a-6p Eastern.

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