Re: ? about handling meat while cooking
I copied this from another website.
When preparing raw meat, wash any cutting boards, sinks, knives, and other utensils that might have touched the raw meat thoroughly with soap and hot water to avoid cross-contaminating other foods. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling raw meat.
Cook all meat thoroughly; that is, to an internal temperature of 160° F and until it is no longer pink in the center or until the juices become colorless. Do not taste meat before it is fully cooked.
You could always use tongs to handle the meat. You could also get a box of foodhandlers gloves to wear. I have bought them at Sams Club before and they are not very expensive and come in handy for a variety of uses.