It’s the first day of summer! Are you food safe savvy?

Hello Summer! Who is excited that it’s officially summer? I know I am.

Summer brings fun with family & friends, outdoor get togethers, and of course delicious in-season, local foods. I definitely cannot live without fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in the summer.

One thing that lingers in the back of my mind during the summer months, is making sure I am keeping foodsafe while at BBQs and outdoor picnics. Nobody likes to get food poisoning from foods that have been improperly handled or prepared! Trust me… I don’t want to live through that again!

Here are some quick tips to get you on your way to being food safe savvy this summer:

  • CHILL: Keep raw foods cold. Use a cooler to store your food. Use plenty of ice packs to m ake sure it is kept out of the temperature danger zone of 4°C to 60°C (40°F to 140°F). On hot summer days, don’t keep food at room temperature for more than one hour. Remember: when in doubt, throw it out!
  • SEPARATE: Make sure to keep your raw meat, poultry and seafood away from other foods so that you don’t spread foodborne bacteria between foods. You can avoid cross-contamination by packing or wrapping meat, poultry and seafood separately or by using separate containers which will prevent leaks. If you are packing vegetables in the same cooler, always put meat, poultry and seafood at the bottom of the cooler to keep juices from dripping onto other foods.
  • CLEAN: Make sure that your hands, plates and utensils are clean. This will help reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
  • COOK: Bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria can be killed by heat. Raw meat, poultry and seafood must be cooked properly to a safe internal temperature (see chart on HC website here).
Tips courtesy of Health Canada.

What in-season summer food can you simply not live without during the summer months?

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  • Anonymous July 4, 2011   Reply →

    BBQ Steak and mushrooms the best summer meal ever!!

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