Food Safety Quick Tips
Perfectly Pleasing Picnics
Picnics and barbecues with family and friends are part of summer fun. Make sure they stay fun
- Put cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs for transport. Cold food should be stored at 40°F or below to prevent bacterial growth. Meat, poultry, and seafood may be packed while still frozen so that they stay colder longer.
- Carry coolers in the passenger compartment of your car, not in the much warmer trunk.
- Just like cold food - hot foods should not sit out for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour in temperatures above 90° F. If does, again, throw it away to be safe.
- Keep coolers closed as much as you can to keep the contents cold longer.
More Tips on foodsafety.gov
Pet Food Safety
Many people don't realize that the basic principles of food safety apply to their pets' foods too.
Food Safety While Hiking, Camping and Boating
Hiking, camping, and boating are good activities for active people and families. Use these simple guidelines for keeping food safe.