Warmer temps call for extra attention to outdoor food safety

By Christopher Bernstein
Special to The PREVIEW

Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun.

“… (A)ll summer long, I encourage families to get outside and enjoy our natural resources, national parks and forests, and the variety of food America’s farmers are able to provide,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It’s important to remember that bacteria grow faster in the same warm temperatures that people enjoy, so extra care needs to be taken to prevent food poisoning when preparing meals away from home. USDA reminds everyone to use a food thermometer and take advantage of resources like our FoodKeeper app to help with any food handling questions.”

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This story was posted on May 28, 2015.