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Food Don't let food poisoning ruin your celebrations this summer. Food poisoning is more prevalent in warmer weather because microorganisms grow faster in the warm, humid weather.

Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe

  • Wash your hands frequently before and after handling food. If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizers or wipes can be a good substitute.
  • It is important to wash all fruits and vegetables. Even fruits such as melons need to be washed thoroughly before cutting to prevent contaminating the pulp inside. Visit www.fightbac.org for more information on keeping your fruits and veggies safe.
  • Keep cold foods cold by packing plenty of ice and storing the cooler in the shade. Keep hot foods hot, well wrapped and insulated to maintain a temperature above 140 degrees.
  • Do not leave food out for more than two hours. If the temperature is above 90 degrees don't leave food out for more than one hour. Throw out any leftovers.

Is it food poisoning?

Signs of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should stay hydrated and begin a bland diet once the vomiting has ceased. Symptoms usually last only a day or two. Physicians should be contacted if food poisoning is suspected in young children, pregnant women, elderly individuals or those with a compromised immune system.

For more information on keeping your food safe:

www.homefoodsafety.org
www.fightbac.org
www.cdc.gov/foodsafety

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