Tips on food safety for this season's tailgating

Are you ready for some FO-OOT-BA-A-LL? College football season has begun and that means thousands of Alabamians will be tailgating before, after and even in their own back yard as they watch the game from TV screens at home.

Although tailgating traditions vary among schools and regions, they all include food. The heat in the Southeast sometimes dictates the food selections for tailgating.

During the early part of football season, while temperatures are still quite warm, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are always a favorite, as are fried chicken, potato salad and baked beans served with...