Food Safety Guidelines For Summertime Picnics

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Picnics and barbeques are sure signs that summer will soon be here. But as the temperature rises, so does the number of people who fall ill from food that's improperly prepared or stored.

"Summer heat promotes the growth of bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses," says Gary Bickett, food safety program manager at Clark County Public Health. "That's why it's important to take extra precautions when preparing and serving food outdoors, away from the convenience of refrigeration and hot running water."

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To prolong the pleasures of outdoor dining, observe the following food safety guidelines from the Clark County Public Health:

Effective hand washing can reduce the spread of bacteria

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