With school out, many families head to the pool for the day, packing a picnic for lunch or a snack. While picnics should be fun, food spoilage and cross-contamination are real concerns when eating food outdoors. Below are a few tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy:
- Keep everything clean! – If there is not a safe source of drinking water at your destination, bring water for preparation and cleaning. Or, pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.
- Keep Hot Food Hot and Cold Food Cold – Holding food at an unsafe temperature is a prime cause of foodbourne illness. Store coolers in the shade whenever possible. Food should not be left out of the cooler or off the grill more than two hours (one hour when the outside temperature is above 90°F). Don't stock the cooler until immediately before leaving home. Also, keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car when traveling.
- Picnic To Go- Take-out Food – If bringing hot take-out food from one of the Corridor's great restaurants, eat it within two hours of purchase. Or plan ahead and chill the food in your refrigerator before packing into an insulated cooler.
The Energy Corridor District team wish you and your family a happy, healthy summer!