Stay safe outdoors

Picnics and barbeques

Eating outdoors is a great way to enjoy good weather.

It also brings some added risks. The most common causes of food poisoning are:

  • Undercooked foods
  • Not storing foods at the correct temperature
  • Not sufficiently reheating cooked food
  • Leaving cooked food for too long in warm temperatures
  • Handling food with unwashed / dirty hands

It is very important to remember these things when planning a picnic or barbeque to make sure no one becomes ill.

Observe the following handy hints to prepare a safe and scrummy alfresco feast:

  • Keep cold perishable food in a fridge or cool box until it's time to serve.
  • Keep chilled food out of the fridge for the shortest possible time during preparation.
  • Store raw meat separately from ready to eat food.
  • Ensure all meat products are thoroughly cooked and piping hot before consumption.
  • Do not leave food out for more than one-two hours in warm weather.
  • Ensure hands are washed before handling food. When at a picnic use wet wipes and hand sanitizer if it's not possible to wash your hands.