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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute –Food Safety For Summer Cookouts

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute –Food Safety For Summer Cookouts

Summer is a great time for friends and family to gather for a cookout or picnic. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips for food safety when eating outdoors.

Food Safety in Warm Weather

  • Warmer weather events present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive when not properly attended to.
  • Pack and transport food safely.
    • Keep cold food in a cooler at a consistent 40 degrees or below to prevent bacterial growth.
    • Organize coolers: Use separate coolers for beverages, meats, and sides. Make sure the raw meats are in airtight containers as to not contaminate other foods.
    • Keep coolers closed and limit the number of time the cooler is opened to help keep contents cold longer.
  • Clean fruits and vegetables under running tap water before packing them in the cooler. Dry produce with a clean paper towel.

How long should food stay Hot and Cold
Cold Food

o Perishable food should be kept in the cooler at 40 degrees or below until serving time.
o Once you have served it, it should not sit out longer than 2 hours or 1 hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90 degrees.
o Discard if it sits out too long.

Hot Food

o Hot food should be kept hot, at or above 140 degrees. Wrap it well and place it in an insulated container until serving.
o The foods should not sit out more than 2 hours or 1 hour in temperatures above 90 degrees.
o Throw out if kept out too long.

Y-Country Medical Minute
Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.