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The Cookout Quiz

Ready to fire up the grill? Take this quiz first to see how much you know about cookout safety.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these safety inspections is important if you're grilling with a propane tank?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you are using a propane gas grill, inspect your propane tank and hoses for leaks, dents, cracks or corrosion.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can use a grill anywhere as long as you're outdoors.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Make sure your grill is far from any structures that may catch fire, such as patio covers, garbage cans or buildings.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Charred meats produce cancer-causing substances.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research suggests there is a link between cancer and charred meats and fish. Studies suggest you may be able to reduce the likelihood meat will produce these cancer-causing substances by cooking on indirect heat and dousing flames that get too high.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What kind of clothing should you avoid wearing when grilling out?

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The correct answer is: Avoid loose clothing -- especially long sleeves -- while grilling.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: There are more cases of food poisoning in the summer than any other time of year.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Emergency doctors see a spike in food poisoning cases during the summer.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a reason why cases of food poisoning increase during summer months?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. More cases of food poisoning occur in the summer because grilling and picnic sites often don't have the necessary sanitation measures (sinks, refrigerators) that kitchens do, food left outside in the hot summer sun grows bacteria faster and grilled meats may not cook to a satisfactory temperature that will kill all bacteria.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How long can you leave food out of a fridge or cooler if the temperature is less than 90 degrees F?

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The correct answer is: Do not leave food out for more than two hours in temperatures up to 90 degrees F. Meat, condiments and creamy sides can go bad quickly when left in the summer's hot sun.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How long can you leave food out of a fridge or cooler if the temperature is greater than 90 degrees F?

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The correct answer is: Do not leave food out for more than one hour in temperatures greater than 90 degrees F. Bacteria grow fastest in temperatures between 90 and 110 degrees F.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you do with food that has been sitting out for two hours or more?

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The correct answer is: Foods kept at room temperature for two hours need to be tossed. In hot weather (90 degrees F or above), foods left out for more than one hour should be discarded.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Whole meats should reach what internal temperature before being removed from the grill?

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The correct answer is: The FDA suggests whole meats (that is, meats that are not ground) should have an internal temperature of 145 degrees F before they are taken off the grill.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Ground beef hamburgers should reach what internal temperature before being taken off the grill?

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The correct answer is: Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What temperature should all poultry products reach before being removed from the grill?

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The correct answer is: Poultry (ground and whole) should reach 165 degrees F before being taken off the grill.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's OK to put cooked meat back on the same platter you used to carry the raw meat to the grill.

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The correct answer is: This is false. To avoid cross contamination of bacteria from the raw meat, you should put cooked meats on a clean platter.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Keep beverages in a separate cooler from perishable food.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Pack canned beverages in one cooler and perishable food in another cooler. The beverage cooler will probably be opened frequently, which means temperatures may not be able to stay cool enough to prevent bacteria growth.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should not reuse marinating liquid after raw meat has been in it.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Marinating liquid may contain harmful bacteria if raw meat has been in it. If you wish to use some of the marinating liquid on the meat later, reserve some of the liquid prior to putting raw meat in it.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Boiling marinating liquid makes it safe to reuse.

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The correct answer is: This is true, however the best idea is to make a new marinade. But, if you want to use the remaining marinade as a finishing sauce, avoid sharing foodborne pathogens by boiling the marinade first.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

If you do not have running water near your grill, what can you use to clean your hands instead?

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The correct answer is: If there isn't a sink available near your grill, keep a package of moist towelettes close by so you can wipe off your hands.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which common kitchen item may be responsible for sharing foodborne illnesses?

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The correct answer is: If you use the same dish towel repeatedly to wipe your hands and juicy spills from bacteria-laden raw meat, poultry and fish, you may be cross-contaminating many cooking surfaces and all your food. Instead, use paper towels that are tossed immediately after use.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How cool should the inside temperature of a cooler be in order to prevent bacteria growth?

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The correct answer is: Ice or ice packs inside a cooler should keep your perishables below 40 degrees F.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Marinating meat with olive oil and vinegar cuts down your risk of exposure to toxins produced by grilling.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Marinating your meat for 15 minutes before grilling it reduces your exposure to heterocyclic amines (HCAs) by 95 percent and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) by more than 90 percent.

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