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Health Tip: Have a Safe Picnic

Health Tip: Have a Safe Picnic

04/13/12

(HealthDay News) -- Food poisoning can do more harm to your family picnic than a family of red ants.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these picnic-safety suggestions:

  • Bring a food thermometer to your barbeque and make sure all foods are cooked to their recommended guidelines for minimum internal temperature.
  • Store raw foods and ready-to-eat foods in separate containers to avoid possible contamination.
  • Pack perishable foods separately with an ice pack, making sure they are stored at a minimum of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Throw away any food that has been sitting out for more than two hours, or one hour in temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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