Food Safety Tips for the Summer

Did you know that when the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher, you should not leave the food at your picnic or outdoor party out any longer than one hour? Read on to learn this and other helpful tips for food safety in the Summer!

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Backyard barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging.

Bacteria in food can grow at a faster rate at temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 140 degrees F, according to Marjorie Davidson, education team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “Fortunately, there are a lot of steps consumers can take to keep family and friends from becoming ill,” noted Davidson in an FDA news release.

Among the ways people can prevent foodborne illnesses:

  • Wash hands. Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after eating and after using the bathroom is key to preventing the spread of germs. If you are outside and there is no bathroom, use bottled water and paper…

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