Grilling your burgers wrong could kill you this holiday weekend

This Labor Day weekend is the unofficial final grilling weekend of the summer, and the first weekend of National Food Safety Education Month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to practicing social distancing and wearing face masks when appropriate this weekend – and washing your hands regularly – you will want to be safe when it comes time to cook the big meal. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans, about 48 million people, are sickened from eating contaminated food. About 3,000 die and 128,000 are hospitalized, too, the CDC says.

Even though there hasn’t been any major ground beef recalls due to E. coli contamination concerns, you still want to remember that dealing with raw meat can be tricky, and cooking it improperly can be deadly.

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Mets star Pete Alonso talks home runs, grilling,

It’s safe to say that Pete Alonso’s sophomore season will be nothing like this Rookie of the Year-winning, record-setting 2019. Nothing in baseball is like it was a year ago.

In the pandemic, baseball looks much different — no fans in stadiums, no spitting from players, piped in fake crowd noise, masks on the field and even frowned-upon homer celebrations. It will make MLB’s 60-game 2020 season completely unique. 

But with opening day here, there aren’t too many people more excited than Alonso, whose New York Mets start the season Friday against the Atlanta Braves. After slugging 53 homers, a rookie record, the 25-year-old Alonso is now hungry for a championship run.

He’s also just really hungry. Alonso loves to cook — he calls it a therapeutic and a way to express himself — so when he chatted with Yahoo Sports as part of his new partnership with Kingsford,

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Grilling your burgers wrong could kill you this Independence Day

With multiple food recalls from chicken nuggets and bagged salad to ground beef, you shouldn’t skip grilling safety at your socially-distanced Fourth of July cookout.

Food safety experts, consumer groups and health officials have been stressing food safety precautions for years, particularly when recent recalls have again raised concerns about E. coli contamination.

In mid-June, nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef, including packages sold at Walmart stores, were recalled because of possible E. coli. Four-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets” shipped to stores in four states also have been recalled.

Meat isn’t the only food carrying risk. Fresh Express has recalled dozens of different salad mixes sold at stores in 31 states, including Walmart, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco that may be linked to a Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 206.

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