The sun is out, the water is warm and it’s time for summer BBQs and picnics. With all the additional distractions of cooking outside on different surfaces it can be easy for some to forget to wash their hands, keep their containers separate, and accidentally leave food sitting out in the sun. Which is why food poisoning becomes a particular health concern in the summer.
To help prevent most cases food poisoning, you only have to take a few simple steps:
- Clean. Wash your hands often and always before you touch food. Keep your knives, cutting boards, and counters clean. You can wash them with hot, soapy water, or put items in the dishwasher and use a disinfectant on your counter. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Separate. Keep germs from raw meat from getting on fruits, vegetables, and other foods. Put cooked meat on a clean platter, not back on the one that held the raw meat.
- Cook. Make sure that meat, chicken, fish, and eggs are fully cooked.
- Chill. Refrigerate leftovers right away. Don’t leave cut fruits and vegetables at room temperature for a long time. Our motto is “when in doubt, throw it out.” If you aren’t sure if a food is safe, don’t eat it.