Summer food safety tips.A few key precautions can help prevent foodborne illness from ruining your outdoor eating activities.
"The incidence of foodborne illness is most prevalent from May to September," says registered dietitian registered dietitian,
n See dietitian, registered. Marlene Clark at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a world-renowned hospital located in Los Angeles, California. History
Cedars-Sinai is the result of a merger in 1961 between two major Los Angeles hospitals, Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai Home for the Incurables, with Steve Broidy as . "It is important for consumers to understand that disease-causing bacteria like salmonella do not just live in raw meats, dairy products, poultry, and seafood, but also in fresh produce. The general rule of thumb should be to thoroughly clean all fresh foods before you eat them, even if you believe they have been sterilized ster·il·ize
tr.v. ster·il·ized, ster·il·iz·ing, ster·il·iz·es
1. To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
When preparing for summertime picnics and barbecues, consider the following tips to protect yourself and your guests:
* Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 15 seconds before preparing foods and after handling raw meats. Unclean hands unclean hands n. a legal doctrine which is a defense to a complaint, which states that a party who is asking for a judgment cannot have the help of the court if he/she has done anything unethical in relation to the subject of the lawsuit. could pass bacteria from one food to another.
* Before cutting into a melon, thoroughly wash the outer surface with water to remove surface dirt, even if the melon looks clean. Cut melons can be served without refrigeration refrigeration, process for drawing heat from substances to lower their temperature, often for purposes of preservation. Refrigeration in its modern, portable form also depends on insulating materials that are thin yet effective. for a maximum of four hours.
* Bacteria can multiply in moist foods, including salads and desserts. Foods either prepared with mayonnaise or high in protein should be kept out of the sun and served within two hours.
Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system immune system
Cells, cell products, organs, and structures of the body involved in the detection and destruction of foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Immunity is based on the system's ability to launch a defense against such invaders. are at most risk of foodborne illnesses. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Editor: Keith L. March, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine
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