10 Rules for Keeping Food Safe Outdoors
Food-borne illnesses are no picnic, so prepare your food the proper way.
6) Tell your kids about food safety.
When you teach your kids about safety, don't forget to tell them the rules about how to handle foods. "It's very important that children learn from a very early age about the importance of hand washing and that they are aware that foods can make them ill if they aren't properly handled," says DuBois.
7) Enjoy non-perishable snacks.
Don't let a lack of snacks spoil your fun. If you're planning to be outside for a while, bring some non-perishable foods. Nuts, chips, peanut butter, breads, and granola bars are all examples of foods that won't spoil and are easy to transport.
8) Play it safe with leftovers.
If you plan on enjoying leftovers for days to come, don't keep food sitting out for two hours repeatedly, which Slade says may cause problems. Instead, remove the portion you want and return leftover containers to the fridge promptly, and freeze portions you don't plan on eating in the near future.
9) Call your doctor if you get sick.
Usually symptoms of food poisoning develop in eight to 48 hours, and you should contact your doctor if symptoms persist or are severe. If you suspect a group of people has been exposed to food poisoning, call your local health department.
10) When in doubt, throw it out.
If you think a food may have been contaminated or improperly cooked, throw it away. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask questions about food safety. There is plenty of information available, and if you have questions about meat, poultry, or egg products, you can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MPHotline. You can also visit the web site for the Partnership for Food Safety Education at FightBac.org.