Picnics are a fun activity for friends and families to enjoy, especially during the summer months. When proper safety precautions are not taken, picnics can become a health and safety hazard. From packing, transporting and cooking food, there are many dangers involved you may overlook. Here are a few tips to consider before you enjoy your next picnic:
Packing and Transporting Food Tips:
1. Store cold food at or below 40 degrees to prevent bacterial growth.
2. Keep beverages in a separate cooler to avoid exposing perishable foods to warm temperatures.
3. Do not cross-contaminate raw items with prepared food.
4. Clean your hands before touching any food items.
5. Do not leave perishable food unrefrigerated for over two hours.
1. Practice caution while grilling and keep your grill on a study surface.
2. Reduce flare-ups by grilling lean cuts of meat, removing poultry skin, and trimming excess fat.
3. Cook foods to their proper internal temperatures and check them by using a meat thermometer.
By following these tips from the FDA, you will be able to have a fun, worry-free picnic with your loved ones. Enjoy the warm weather, but always remember to take these precautions into consideration while picnicking.
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