Q I bar­be­cue steaks with­out clean­ing the grill first. Gross? GC

Men's Health (Australia) - - Ed’s Letter -

Your filthy grill may make your T-bones taste nasty, but it won’t kill you. The heat and closed en­vi­ron­ment keep you safe, says food sci­en­tist Mark Etzel. “Harm­ful bac­te­ria will die, and since there’s no mois­ture, bac­te­ria won’t be able to thrive and mul­ti­ply.” You’re way more likely to get sick from han­dling steaks im­prop­erly, he says. If you touch raw meat, wash your hands thor­oughly af­ter­wards to an­ni­hi­late the bugs.

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