July 5, 2015

Summer Food Safety

Outdoor gatherings in summer months have added challenges to keeping food safe. High outdoor temperatures make it harder to prevent food-borne illness.
  • Devise and use a way to wash hands. Wipes are good, but soap, water, and clean toweling are better.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Don't set cold foods out in direct sunlight. Keep grilled food warm by placing it to the side of the grill until serving.
  • Food should not be left out for long periods of time. Use covers to prevent insects from getting on food. To avoid having too many leftovers sitting out, cook items such as hot dogs, brats, chicken, and other grilled foods in batches.
  • Be sure to keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separated from prepared and cooked foods. Most importantly keep it separate from fruits and vegetables that are going to be served raw.