It’s the time of year when people are cooking outside more – usually away from refrigerators and sinks. As summer heats up, so does the potential for bacterial growth in the delicious foods you prepare. Protect yourself, your family and friends from foodborne illness during warm weather months.
Here are a few basic food safety tips from our Environmental Health division to help you enjoy those foods without getting sick.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Handwashing is the best way to minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.
Keep foods at the proper temperature. Practice these four safe food handling tips:CLEAN. Wash your hands, surfaces, equipment, fruits and vegetables.SEPARATE. Keep raw meat, seafood and eggs away from other foods.COOK. Use a food thermometer to assure the correct temperature is reached.CHILL. Refrigerate foods promptly after eating.
Check other reliable resources for more details:FoodSafety.govUSDA: Foodborne illnesses peak in summer
If you have questions regarding food safety, please contact the Environmental Health division at 972-941-7143.