McKINNEY (May 26, 2016) — Memorial Day weekend typically kicks-off summer activities, including backyard bashes and picnics in the park. Fun is typically top of mind when planning outdoor activities – not food poisoning.

Mahima Bhasin, RD/LD, a Medical Center of McKinney dietitian, offers the following tips to keep food safe:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water and clean under fingernails. Be sure to dry your hands with a clean paper towel and use the paper towel to turn off the water.
  • Separate raw meat from cooked meat. Cross-contamination occurs when juices from raw meat touch ready-to-eat foods, so use two different cutting boards or plates for raw food and cooked foods.
  • Cook your food to the recommended temperature and time to destroy any potentially harmful bacteria.
  • Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator and not on the counter or microwave.
  • Refrigerate food after one hour. Refrigerated foods are no longer safe after they have been in temperatures above 40° for more than two hours.

Following these simple tips will help you and your guests enjoy the summer grilling season.


About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers patients the most comprehensive services including emergency care, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services. By placing quality patient care as a foremost priority, MCM achieved the Joint Commission’s prestigious Top Performer recognition for the third time for sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. MCM has expanded its emergency services by opening a 12-bed provider-based emergency room, the ER at Stonebridge, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 380 and Custer Road. MCM has a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an advanced biplane catheterization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders. MCM is an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). For more information, visit