When Good Food Goes Bad

By July 22, 2014Health Tips

Summertime means warm weather and picnics and BBQs.
Picnics and BBQ’s mean food.
And food left out in warm weather can mean illness.

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans become sick due to a food related illness.  That delicious potato salad can turn on you fast when left out of the fridge for too long. And although it smells terrific, that undercooked burger on the grill could send you to the hospital with vomiting, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. Not to mention a firm resolve NEVER to eat a burger again.

Don’t let that happen to you. Follow these simple guidelines for keeping your food safe:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water before and after handling food and after using the bathroom.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid undercooked seafood, meats, and eggs. For safe cooking temperature, see Foodsafety.gov
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Promptly refrigerate foods that can spoil.
  • Use only pasteurized dairy foods, including pasteurized eggs and egg products.
  • Report suspected foodborne illness to your local health department to help officials identify and stop potential outbreaks. Get details at Foodsafety.gov

Read more HERE to keep you and your family safe while you enjoy the foods you love.

Cheri Frost

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