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Food safety tips for picnics and potluck dinners
If you are planning to attend a picnic, event or potluck dinner it is important to remember some food safety tips so no guests get sick!
Tip #1... WASH HANDS!
There are numerous foodborne illnesses that come from poor personal hygiene and human feces, primarily found in ready-to-eat dishes (those that require no further cooking)
Tip # 2... DO NOT CROSS-CONTAMINATE!
Other foodborne illnesses come from foods being cross-contaminated (mixing raw and cooked foods, using utensils and surfaces that touched raw foods with cooked foods)
Tip #3... KEEP HOT FOODS HOT AND COLD FOODS COLD!
Then there are the foodborne illnesses that come from keeping foods at improper temperatures. Be sure to keep hot foods at or above 135 degrees F and cold foods at or below 41 degrees F.
You do not want one of these uninvited guests showing up at your event, so remember safe food handling practices and carry your foods in containers designed to transfer foods correctly.
For more information you can refer to our VCE Publications at: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/category/food-safety.html
Foodborne Illness Source: ServSafe Essentials 5th Edition, 2010.
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