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Nacogdoches restaurant reminds East Texans the importance of cooking meat safely

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By Delilah Gonzalez

NACOGDOCHES (KTRE) -- Macy Blankenship and her family have been keeping East Texas fed with her savory burgers and other delights for almost 40 years.

“Butcher Boys was started in 1977 by my grandparents. They were high school sweethearts and this was their dream. They started with just a tiny little meat market and it’s grown as what you know of what’s Butcher Boys today," said Macy Blankenship. 

Something that Macy and her co-workers know a lot about is how to cook their meats properly.

According to the CDC, there are certain groups of people that are in higher risk of getting food poisoning than others.

“We have to look at the people that are at risk and so the first is that we have a lot of children and elderly that are eating foods that are more at risk," said Dana Faris, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Stephen F. Austin State University. "A lot people have those iron stomachs but those two are a lot more susceptible for any kind of food borne illness.”

Faris oversees nutrition counseling and other food concerns for the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Faris adds you should always be aware of where you’re getting your food from.

“Typically we normally recommend that you don’t want food sitting out longer than two hours after its been cooked or even when preparing it. With it being above ninety that’s actually going to lower more to about one hour," said Faris. 

But meat and poultry aren’t the only things that could cause you to have a sick stomach.

Potatoes and egg salads contain mayonnaise which are more likely to spoil faster when not refrigerated.

Also, mixing your vegetables with utensils and plates used on your meats could cause bacteria to spread onto your produce.

The CDC says that 1 in 6 people contract food poisoning and there are less people will get the flu than there are people that get food borne illnesses.

By following these simple safety precautions you and your family could save a trip from going to the hospital: clean, separate, cook, and chill your food.

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