Health experts have a warning before your 4th of July cookout. They say this is the time of year that they see a spike in food poisoning. 27 First news reporter Alex George joins us live in the studio.. With some ways you can keep your cookout fun AND safe.. Alex? Many people are already planning their menu for the 4th of July fesitivites.. But health experts say you should also be thinking about how to keep your food at a safe temperature – especially with the heat the Valley is dealing with. When it comes to cooking meat – they say you should be relying on a food thermomator. the U-S department of agriculture recomends cooking your steak to a minimun of 145 degrees. Ground beef should be cooked to 160 degrees And chicken is safe to eat at 165. You also need to be mindful about how the meat is stored before it is cooked. MICHAEL RULLI:” MEAT YOU DON’T WANT TO LEAVE FRESH OUT FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF TO TWO HOURS BECAUSE AT THAT POINT IT STARTS TO BREAK DOWN AND DETERIORATING. YOU WANT TO ALWAYS KEEP IT IN THE FRIDGE AS LONG AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE BEFORE YOU START PREPARING THE MEAT.” Once the meat is cooked – you are ok to leave it out for up to two hours. He says the WORST thing you can leave sit out is anything with mayonase in it. Live in the studio – Alex George First news this morning.