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1/12/2018: Media Roundtable; Party Food Safety


Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics Reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:01).

Janell Goodwin with the U.S Department of Agriculture gave some food safety tips if you plan on throwing a Jaguars playoff game party (46:00).  


Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the latest on Jacksonville pedestrian ticket controversy with City Council President Anna Brosche joining the call by several public officials for a moratorium on pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville.

The continuing troubles at Unity Plaza were analyzed with the closing of HOBNOB.

Our panel looked at Governor Rick Scott’s final State of the State address and the 2018 Governor’s race, which heating up as Democrats Phillip Levine and Gwen Graham appear in Jacksonville this week.      

Party Food Safety

Are you planning a playoff party this Sunday as the Jaguars play the Steelers?

Whether you’re making up a big batch of wings, grilling out, or just putting together some appetizers for your guests, you need to make sure all those football fans stay safe as you cheer on Team Teal.

Janell Goodwin is a food safety expert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the leading voice for the agency on social media.

She said you should always use a food thermometer when you cook meat and poultry to be sure you’ve reached a safe internal temperature.

  • Cook raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops and roasts to 145°F.
  • Cook Ground beef, pork, lamb and veal to 160°F.
  • Cook Raw poultry to 165°F
  • Never wash raw chicken wings before cooking because it increases the risk of contaminating other foods and surfaces.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.