Burgers, Slaw -- and Salmonella
Planning a picnic? Here's how to make sure your food is safe.
Also, be wary of reheating foods that may have been contaminated. While you
may be successful at killing any microorganisms that have proliferated, some
bacteria (staphylococci and E. coli 0157:H7) produce
heat-resistant toxins that remain behind even after the bacteria are destroyed
and can cause severe diarrhea -- or worse.
The good news, as summer arrives, is that Americans from New York to Alaska
are becoming more aware of the dangers of food poisoning, and better at
preventing it. The most recent CDC statistics show that food-related infections
are down by 19%.
So don't be afraid to pack up your picnic basket and celebrate summer with a
glorious feast. Just be vigilant when you're handling and preparing food.
Whatever you do, don't let Grandma's famous potato salad sit out on the picnic
table all day. Grandma is the last person in the world who would want you to