August 2018 – Summer Food Safety Tips

August 2018 – Summer Food Safety Tips

posted 7/17/18
August Health-bits


AUGUST is here and many of us are doing lots of outdoor cooking and picnics. There are ways you can minimize your family’s risk of food poisoning by following some simple guidelines about food safety.



CLEAN: Wash hands and surfaces often to avoid the spread of bacteria.


SEPARATE: Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.


COOK: Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by cooking food until it reaches the proper temperature.


  • (Hamburger 71 degrees C. (172F); and
  • Poultry at 74 degrees C. (178F).
  • Reheat leftovers to at least 165 degrees F.
  • Always use a meat thermometer.


CHILL: Keep cold foods cold at 4 degrees Centigrade (approx..32-38F) or colder.
Letting food sit at unsafe temperatures puts you at risk for foodborne illnesses.
Keep Hot foods Hot and Cold foods Cold!


  • Remember the 2-hour rule.
  • Keep ALL raw meat wrapped separately.
  • Always use a meat thermometer.
  • Chill leftovers as soon as possible and reheat them to at least 165 degrees.


Have a great time at that next bar-be-que and picnic by being safe!!


Nurse Barbara

(Information from Environmental Health Dept.)