Food safety at home events

A group of people with two young men carrying a cooler and walking towards a picnic table.Keeping food safe is always a concern, but it’s especially important in the summer heat when bacteria grow more quickly.  One key to food safety in the summer is to keep hot foods hot and keep cold foods cold.  If you are at an event like a barbecue,  decrease the time that foods are left out by putting food out in smaller batches so it stays hot or cold.  Use a cooler to keep foods cold and keep the cooler in the shade or under a tree. If you don’t have a cooler, you can put food on ice: fill a big bowl with ice and then put the serving bowl of food over the ice. Stay safe this summer by keeping cold foods cold and hot foods hot!

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