As summer temperatures rise, so does the risk for foodborne illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 76 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses and 5,000 die each year in the U.S.
“To prevent illness, apply the same home food safety techniques whether preparing meals inside or outside,” said Lynda Johnson, nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Don’t let bacteria spoil your backyard barbecue or family reunion,” she said.
Hand washing is a critical step in avoiding foodborne illness. According to Johnson, nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness could be eliminated if people would wash their hands more often when preparing and handling food. Find out if there is a source of clean water at your destination. If not, take along jugs of water for the sole purpose of hand washing or take moist wipes for hands and for cleaning surfaces that foods will be on and around.
Be sure to follow the important food safety tips found in the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/foodsafetyarticles/fdsfty77.htm