The start of summer has arrived! Dig out the white shoes and fire up the grill! This is the time of year we like to spend outdoors – especially those of us in cold weather climates. We can’t get enough!
Spring and summer is a time of renewal and hope – with much of the fun spent outdoors. Part of the outdoor fun involves picnics (channel Yogi Bear: Where is the pic –ik – nic basket?)
Maybe more importantly – what is IN the picnic basket? We food safety folks do a lot of hoping during picnic seasons…
- Hopefully cold food is toted in a cooler stocked with ice.
- Hopefully raw meats are kept separate from foods that won’t be cooked.
- Hopefully the cooler isn’t opened every two seconds (this warms up the temperature so put cold drinks in their own cooler).
- Hopefully there is running water with soap around for handwashing (if not, use sanitizer or better yet, bring your own soapy dishcloth in a zip lock bag).
Yes there are risks, but do what you can to keep to a minimum. Viva la summer!