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COLD and HOT
Keep cold food cold and hot food hot.
Food can normally last for two hours at room temperature, but that is decreased to one hour in warm weather. Cold food (potato salad, sandwiches etc.) should stay in fridge until ready to serve. If food must travel, be certain to use ice or commercial freezing gel packets. Hot food should also stay insulated.
When eating outdoors try to keep cold food in shade and be sure warm food is wrapped and insulated.
When food is no longer being eaten it should be returned to ice box or insulated carrier. Food should remain hot or cold for as long as it is being served and then refrigerated in clean, covered containers. If you are not able to refrigerate it within a couple hours it is best to throw it out.
If you suspect a mild case of food poisoning than try to limit foods you eat to BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. In more severe cases you should seek emergency treatment when there are signs of pain, vomiting for several hours or bloody diarrhea. Pregnant women, elderly, those with immune disorders and children are more at risk.
Food safety is an important part of a fun summer. Taking precautions will help you enjoy your meals and avoid serious consequences. The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.