Game Day Food Safety Tips from the CDC

Feb. 10, 2023

The CDC ( has compiled Game Day Food Safety Tips for tackling a game day spread! Play by these rules and keep the runs on the field. Make sure your game day favorites are memorable for all the right reasons. 

BUT before you start, the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) advises that you use safe water and safe raw materials. Know the source of your food and water. Avoid high-risk foods, like those associated with food recalls or posted outbreaks. Stay up to date on food issues, and remember the old adage: When in doubt, throw it out!

Follow these four tips to avoid food poisoning:

  1. Keep It Clean

    • Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds before, during, and after preparing food and before eating.
  2. Avoid Mix-ups

    • Separate raw meats from ready-to-eat foods like vegetables when preparing, serving, or storing foods.
    • Offer guests individual serving utensils and small plates to discourage them from eating dips and salsa directly from the bowls.
  3. Cook it Well

    • Make sure chicken wings (and other poultry) reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F. Ground beef and egg dishes should reach at least 160°F. Check the safe internal temperature for other foods.Chicken wings, chips, and other foods on a typical game day food tray.

  4. Keep it Safe

To conclude, CFI advises that you report foodborne illness. Seek medical attention if you are sick—especially if you have bloody diarrhea. Ask to be tested. If the test results are positive for foodborne illness, report it as soon as possible to the appropriate public health agencies.

Enjoy Game Day this Superbowl Sunday!