Tips for Avoiding Foodborne Illness this Summer

Foodborne illness is food poisoning. During the summer months, more people are cooking outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and on camping trips. Foodborne illnesses increase during summer due to the heat and humidity. To protect you and your family, make sure to follow these simple steps to ensure food safety:

  • Wash your hands and surfaces often, especially after handling raw meat or poultry.
  • Don’t cross contaminate raw foods with cooked foods.
  • Cook your meat thoroughly, to at least 160 degrees.
  • Promptly refrigerate food after meals and keep cold food cold.
  • Be cautious about eating food that was left out of refrigeration for more than two hours.


To learn more, visit the CDC‘s webpage about foodborne germs and illnesses.

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Last updated June 30, 2017