SDSU Police Department Prevention Brochures
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Food and Beverages at Off-Campus Events
The University does not issue food permits or conduct food
service inspections for off-campus events; however; student
organizations are encouraged to follow the Food Handling Guidelines
listed below (adapted from materials produced by the federal Food and
Food Handling Guidelines
Practicing proper food handling techniques will protect your
members and guests from food-borne illness and food contamination. Here
are some tips to keep in mind when preparing, storing and cooking food.
Wash Hands, Utensils, and Food Preparation Surfaces
- Food safety begins with hand-washing even in outdoor
settings. And it can be as simple as using a water jug, some soap, and
- Consider using moist disposable towelettes for cleaning your hands.
- Keep all utensils and platters clean when preparing food.
Preparing Fruits and Vegetables
- Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, including those with skins
and rinds that are not eaten, under running tap water before packing
them. Packaged fruits and vegetables labeled "ready-to-eat," "washed,"
or "triple washed" need not be washed.
- Rub firm-skin fruits and vegetables under running tap water
or scrub with a clean vegetable brush while rinsing with running tap
Safe Grilling Tips
- Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter or
outdoors. If some of the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked
food, reserve a portion separately before adding the raw meat, poultry,
or seafood. Don't reuse marinade.
- Don't use the same platter and utensils that previously held raw meat or seafood to serve cooked meats and seafood.
- If you partially cook food in the microwave, oven, or stove
to reduce grilling time, do so immediately before the food goes on the
- When it's time to cook the food, cook it thoroughly. Use a
food thermometer to be sure the food has reached an adequate internal
temperature before serving.
- Beef, veal, and lamb steaks and roasts--145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium, and 170°F for well done.
- Ground pork and ground beef--160°F.
- Ground poultry--165°F.
- Poultry breasts--170°F.
- Whole poultry (take measurement in the thigh)--180°F.
- Fin fish--145°F or until the flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.
- Shrimp, lobster, and crab--the meat should be pearly and opaque.
- Clams, oysters, and mussels--until the shells open.
- Grilled food can be kept hot until served by moving it to the
side of the grill rack, just away from the coals where it can overcook.
- Liquid starting fuel is prohibited.
- Have a fire extinguisher available.
Serving Food Safely
- Food should be handled with gloves and food service utensils or materials.
- Keep cold foods cold (below 45°) and hot foods hot (above 140°).
- Do not use a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, or
seafood for anything else unless the plate has first been washed in
hot, soapy water.
- Hot food should be kept hot, at or above 140 °F. Wrap well and place in an insulated container.
- Foods like chicken salad and desserts in individual serving
dishes can also be placed directly on ice, or in a shallow container set
in a deep pan filled with ice. Drain off water as ice melts and replace
- Don't let perishable food sit out longer than 2 hours.
- Food should not sit out for more than 1 hour in temperatures above 90°F.
- Keep food covered when not serving.
- Ice used in beverages should be protected from contamination. Do not use ice used for refrigeration.
- No smoking should be permitted around food.
- Individuals who are sick or have cuts or burns must not serve or handle food and beverages.
- Keep pets away from areas where food is served or stored.
- Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be held at or below 40°F.
- Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another.
- Meat, poultry, and seafood may be packed while it is still
frozen so that it stays colder longer. Be sure to keep raw meat,
poultry, and seafood securely wrapped so their juices don't contaminate
cooked foods or foods eaten raw such as fruits and vegetables.
- After washing fruits and vegetables dry them with a clean cloth towel or paper towel before packing them.
- Keep the cooler in the air-conditioned passenger compartment
of your car, rather than in a hot trunk. Limit the times the cooler is
More information available online:
Food Safety Tips for College Students