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How you can avoid food poisoning this summer
Monday, 29 June · 2 min read

Outdoor barbecues and picnics are just some of the perks of summer, particularly in a time of social distancing.

But it’s important to remember that rates of food poisoning normally go up at this time of year, as the ‘danger zone’ for bacterial growth is between 4C and 60C -- with bacteria growing faster towards the warmer end.

When eating outdoors, follow this advice to stay well:

  • keep food cool -- put it in the fridge until it’s time to eat or cook it
  • don’t leave cooked food or snacks out for more than 2 hours
  • cook meat thoroughly
  • store raw and cooked meat separately -- and use different utensils for them
  • wash your hands regularly -- before and after preparing food
  • wash fresh produce, such as fruit and vegetables

By taking steps to slow the growth of harmful bacteria, you may be able to prevent food poisoning before it starts.

Quote of the day

Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. -- World Health Organization, 1948