Tips to Keep Tailgating Food Safe From Bacteria

Food safety expert Neal Smoak shares a few simple ways to stay healthy through football season.
2:54 | 10/24/14

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Reporter: This competition not just on the field. Football fans also fired up about their tailgates. But how safe is the food they're serving? We put our food out and keep it out all day long. Reporter: "Gma" investigators as the university of south Carolina's homecoming game to put some tailgaters to the test. Any sweat? But will they be as confident after an inspection from the university's food safety expert, Neal smoke. Neal says raw meat contamination is the biggest culprit for sidelines tailgaters. On the bottom. Reporter: Keep your meats -- and always bring a thermometer to ensure hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs are cooked to 165. 165, they are well done. Reporter: Grill master don is doing the right thing by wearing disposable gloves. No contamination on his hands. Reporter: Neal said any food left out should be covered. There's a fly on there. Cover some stuff. Keeps the flies off, gnats off, a good technique. Reporter: The first tailgate did well, and Neal thinks they would pass a restaurant inspection. On the other side of the stadium, Stephanie and linn, ready to tackle their tailgating competition. I think we're going to do well. Reporter: Neal encouraging them to only put out small amounts. Change it often. The rest is in the cooler. Reporter: And points for the cooler placement. Cooler in the shade. I get the credit, right? Always. Reporter: But the deli sandwiches? How long have they been out here? Two hours. Those ought to be discarded. E. Coli, salmonella. Leaving it out too long and the bacteria growing. Reporter: Even with that infraction, Neal also gives them an a. An a. Reporter: Tailgating, meant to be fun. But if you do get sick, doctors suggest intercepting the symptoms. If they continedon't resolve in 24 hours, seek medical attention. Reporter: Linzie Janis, Columbia, South Carolina. And watch ABC's college gameday tomorrow. The crew is in Baton Rouge for lsu and ole miss. Mississippi state's number one. That's ole miss, number 3, Mississippi state, number one. I'm sorry, it's good times. Robin, Penn state plays Ohio state this weekend. Very big weekend for me. I'm with you, you're with me. Let's tail gait. Time now for shark tanking

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