August 2019 – Top Summer Food Safety Tips

August 2019 – Top Summer Food Safety Tips

August 2019 – Top Summer Food Safety Tips

 

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.

 

TOP SUMMER FOOD SAFETY TIPS

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

SEPARATE: Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and ready-to-eat items like vegetables and bread.

COOK: Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by cooking food until it reaches the proper temperature. (Hamburger at 71 degrees C (172F) and poultry at 74 degrees C (178F). Reheat leftovers to at least 165 degrees F. and always use a meat thermometer. Use a fresh, clean plate and tongs for serving cooked food.

CHILL: Keep perishable food cold until it is ready to cook and then 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.

Information from the Environmental Health Dept. and www.foodsafety.gov.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold!

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 barbeque and picnic by being safe!!

-Nurse Barbara