Health Matters, Aug. 18, 2021: Picnic food safety
Summer is the time when people head outdoors for picnics, but food left out in the heat too long can cause bacteria to multiply and lead to foodborne illnesses.
University Medical Center Registered Dietician Suzanne Henson said there are plenty of things you can do to keep your food safe when dining outdoors.
“Pack smart,” she said. “Don’t overfill that cooler and make sure you’ve got a good layer of ice or ice blocks on top.”
Henson said anyone who subscribes to meal delivery services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron will have plenty of ice packs that can be frozen again and reused, or you can buy reusable ice packs from any store that sells lunch boxes.