Before you break out the burgers for the July Fourth holiday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make sure that all Americans are fully informed about the bacteria on their burgers, chicken and steak and how to use a thermometer to ensure everything is fully cooked before the big barbecue begins.

The department's Food Safety and Inspection service is using taxpayer dollars to launch a Twitter hashtag campaign #GrillingLikeaPRO to warn Americans about the dangers of food poisoning while grilling outside on America's Independence Day, and all summer long.

"Summer is finally here! I can smell those steaks and burgers on the grill already. While grilling outside with our friends and family can be fun, it can also lead to food poisoning," USDA said on its FoodSafety.gov blog post. "While grilling outside with our friends and family can be fun, it can also lead to food poisoning."

The agency encourages Americans to share their grilling experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #GrillingLikeaPRO.

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