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Food safety tips for great summer feasts

Summer is here, and with it comes barbecues, picnics, and delicious meals shared outdoors. But with the rising temperatures, food safety becomes even more critical. The last thing you want is for your summer gathering to be spoiled by foodborne illness.

Here are some key food safety tips to keep your summer feasts safe and enjoyable:

Wash hands often - This is the golden rule! Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.

Pack smart - When travelling with perishable food, pack them in coolers or insulated containers with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Keep coolers out of direct sunlight and maintain a temperature below 4°C (40°F).

Beat the Danger Zone - Bacteria multiply rapidly between 4°C and 60°C. Keep cold foods below 40°F (4°C) with ice or refrigeration, and hot foods above 140°F (60°C) on the grill or with warming trays.

Two-hour rule - Foods left out for more than two hours (one hour if above 32°C are unsafe and should be thrown away.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your summer meals are as delicious as they are safe. So, fire up the grill, pack your picnic basket, and enjoy a worry-free summer season filled with safe and delightful outdoor feasts!

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