Summer Food Safety

Summer is finally in full swing! It’s the season of picnics, BBQs, trips to the beach, and other outdoor activities that revolve around food. With all of the outdoor eating activities, here are some tips to keep your food safe and everyone feeling well throughout the summer months!

  1. Keep cold foods cold. Refrigerated foods should be kept at 40°F or below. They shouldn’t sit out for more than 2 hours or more than 1 hour if the temperature is over 90°F. If leaving food out place over ice.
  2. Keep hot foods hot. Hot foods should be kept at over 140°F. Just like with cold foods, they shouldn’t sit out for more than 2 hours or more than 1 hour if the temperature is over 90°F.
  3. Keep coolers closed as much as possible. This will help maintain optimal temperature of the cooler and allow for foods to last longer. Consider bringing a separate cooler for beverages and perishables.
  4. Wash your hands. Wash your hands prior to preparing food, even when you are outside. Can use wipes or hand sanitizer prior to cooking outdoors if water isn’t available.
  5. Don’t cross-contaminate. Keep meat and raw foods securely wrapped, so they don’t contaminate cooked foods

Enjoy these outdoor food safety tips and happy barbecuing! Where is your favorite place to eat outdoors? Let us know in the comments below!

Rebecca Varoga, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Isanti Physical Therapy

July 10th, 2019

Posted In: General

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