According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cooks should avoid reusing plates or utensils used to prepare raw meat, poultry or seafood for serving. Even if the plates only momentarily came into contact with uncooked food, they should be thoroughly washed in hot, soapy water after coming into contact with raw foods. Bacteria from the raw juices of food can easily spread to cooked or ready-to-eat foods, potentially contributing to illness. The FDA recommends cooks keep clean platters and utensils next to their grills that they can use to serve food. In addition, if using a bristle brush to clean cooking surfaces prior to firing up the grill, inspect the brush to make sure it's clean and that the bristles do not still contain any specks of food or other foreign objects from a previous grilling session. Once the grill has been cleaned, make sure none of the bristles fell off and onto the grill.