Check Grill Surfaces After Cleaning for Safer Cooking This Summer

If you use a wire brush to clean your grill surface before and after grilling, make sure you inspect the grating thoroughly before throwing on your next meal, Food Safety News reported July 5.

At least half a dozen patients were hospitalized between August 2011 and June 2012 after ingesting wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes that had gotten lodged in their food, according to the latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

While that’s not very many people, the prospect of you or your guests requiring a trip to the ER during a backyard BBQ should be enough to make any grillmaster check his workstation a little more carefully before cooking.

Also, check out more safe grilling tips, including how to properly marinate your meat, avoid charring, and what’s the right temperature for grilling.

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