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Health officials warn the public about bacteria in uncooked meat

Posted: 9:07 PM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-13 21:07:17-04
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It feels like barbecue season pretty much year-round in Southwest Florida so here's some important information before you grill up some burgers.

Health officials say bacteria are usually on the surface of most meats. The bacteria is dispersed through the ground meat when it's processed.

When you cook burgers, the bacteria may be killed off the outside of the patty but not the inside.

This means undercooked burgers can increase the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Germs on the outside of steaks are usually cooked off and don't make it to the center.

For more information on foodborne illnesses click here .