Outdoor Food Safety Tips

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Food Safety Tips

With the free and easy feel of outdoor cooking and eating, it's easy to forget that the rules of safe food we use indoors still apply outdoors.

Everyone loves a barbeque; unfortunately, so do bacteria that can make people sick.


Cases of food borne illness increase significantly during the summer months and outdoor picnics and barbeques are suspected of being a major cause.

"We are currently following up on an outbreak of E. coli that happened at a picnic in July. We know of 54 people who were sick," said Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health. "Food poisoning can cause very serious health problems, including kidney failure from certain types of E. coli infections."

E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter are some of the bacteria that can affect people through the food they eat. Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better are the chances of a full recovery. In addition, some bacteria like E. coli can be contagious, especially among family members and people who live in the same household.

The top food safety tips for picnics and barbeques: