Officials say it’s easy to get foodborne illnesses during the summer barbeque season and are offering tips to keep yourself protected.
Before preparing any food for a cookout, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion Dr. Loren Robinson says make sure your hands are clean. To make sure food gets thoroughly cooked, the health department advises using a meat thermometer.
When the weather gets really hot, Robinson says don’t keep picnic food sitting outside for a long time.
“When temperatures get above 85 to 90 degrees, the Pa. health department recommends food at a picnic should not be left sitting outside for more than an hour,” Robinson said.
To ensure fresh fruits and vegetables are free of bacteria, Robinson says rinse them under running water.