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