Written by Rebecca Lynch
Edited and checked for accuracy by Johneal M. White
Cases of foodborne illness spike during the summer, primarily due to the higher temperatures. It is very important to take certain precautions during these summer months. Here are a few things you can do to try and prevent foodborne illness from affecting your family and friends.
- Handle Raw Food and Cooked Food Separately
Don’t use the same materials to prepare raw foods and cooked foods, such as cutting boards and knives, no matter how much dish-washing it will save. Also, don’t store these foods in the same storage containers in the fridge. This will keep already cooked food from coming into contact with more bacteria.
- Cook meat thoroughly
Bacteria can linger in meat if it’s not cooked all the way through, such as in rare burgers. Be sure to cook burgers and sausages fully, especially when at a cookout. If you’re at a cookout and are not the one cooking, check the middle of your burger to make sure it’s not too red.
- Don’t Leave Picnic/Barbecue Foods out Past Two Hours
It’s never a good idea to leave leftovers out for long, so why would outdoor food be any exception? If you aren’t eating near a refrigerator, bring an ice chest or freezer bag to store any leftovers in.
- Wash Your Hands
When you’re outdoors while camping, picnicking, and barbecuing, it’s easy to forget to wash your hands. In the event that there isn’t a sink nearby, toss some hand sanitizer in your bag to use before you eat or handle food.
This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.