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.