By Tyler Williams, Vice President of Operations, ASI Food Safety

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us which is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States. No host wants to get a food safety penalty. For this reason, ASI Food Safety has put together a Food Safety Playbook to keep all fans safe on game day.

First Quarter

No one wants an illegal use of hands penalty. Play some defense in the first quarter by washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing food.

Second Quarter

Avoid cross contamination and you will certainly score in the second quarter. No one wants a fumble or pass interference, keep raw meats separate from ready to eat foods like fruits and vegetables. Always use a separate knife, plate, and cutting board for raw meats, poultry, seafood, and egg products. If you only use one utensil for both, wash it with soap and hot water after preparing each food item.

Half time

Its halftime, which means it is time to huddle up and check those temperatures. Use a food thermometer to ensure meat, poultry, seafood and egg products are cooked to the appropriate temperature. Follow the USDA’s recommended safe minimum internal temperatures and you will be ready for the second half.


Pork, Beef, Veal, Lamb-Roasts, Steaks & Chops

Pork, Beef, Veal, Lamb-Ground

Turkey, Chicken & Duck-Roasts, Pieces & Grounds


145°F, with 3 minute rest time



Third Quarter

Hold hot and cold food at the appropriate temperature or receive a holding call. Hot foods should be kept on a heat source above 140°F. Cold foods should be kept on ice to remain at 40°F or below. Don’t leave food sitting out in the red zone or temperature danger zone. Bacteria grows rapidly between 40°F and 140°F, greatly increasing your risk to a food borne illness.

Fourth Quarter

To avoid a delay of game, refrigerate food promptly at 40°F or below and do not leave at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Leftovers should be reheated to at least 165°F before serving.

Remember there is no instant replay when it comes to keeping your guests safe this Super Bowl Sunday. Avoid food safety penalties and follow ASI’s Food Safety Playbook and you will score a touchdown with your guests. If you have any food safety questions, ask ASI Food Safety’s food safety defensive coordinator at 1-800-477-0778.

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