Tips from Dr. Colleen Fogarty on Food Safety

Dr. Colleen Fogarty advised people to keep cold food cold. Use enough ice packs and keep coolers closed. She also pointed out you should keep hot food hot. She suggested wrapping it well and keeping it in an insulated container.

"The key is to never let your picnic food remain in the "Danger Zone" - between 40° F and 140° F - for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if outdoor temperatures are above 90° F," she explained. "This is when bacteria in food can multiply rapidly, and lead to food borne illness."

She also said don't cross contaminate foods. Keep raw meat separate from all other foods.

Also, cook meat until the safe temperature on a reliable meat thermometer.

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