HOUSTON – When getting together to cook for loved ones, the last thing you want is a belly ailment.

Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine, has a few tips to keep your food safe:

n Always use a meat thermometer to check if meat is fully cooked. The color of the meat can’t determine the safety of the meat. All meat should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

n Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly during food preparation.

n Wash all produce before cutting and chopping.

n Refrigerator leftovers within two hours.

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n Use a thermometer when reheating food as well.

Following these basic guidelines will ensure that the food you serve is safe to eat, Anding said.

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