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Food safety at summer fairs

CDC reminds people how to keep food at fairs not just delicious, but safe too.

Posted: Jul. 26, 2018 8:36 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Summer fair season is in full swing and for many, fairs mean fair foods. 

From corndogs to cheese curds, people at the Olmsted County Free Fair say picking healthy options is not a priority. 

"Go to the fair, calories don't count, I'm just going to pig out," Sue Mcnamara said. 

"The fried cheese, the fried food. I don't think there's even healthy options if you wanted to eat healthy," fairgoer Anna Moraczewski said. 

But the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reminds people there are healthier options. It suggests people look for fresh foods or lean proteins. 

It also said bringing food from home can help cut down on calories, and save money too. 

While calories aren't a concern for most at the fair, food safety doesn't seem to be a concern either, despite all the recent food outbreaks and recalls. 

"I think you know the food's been sitting out a while, so kind of, but it's good enough to risk it," Moraczewski said. 

"I would hope that whatever is here is being careful with their food preparation. I guess I trust it. I don't really worry about it here," Mcnamara said. 

The CDC said when looking for food vendors at fairs there are precautions people can take to stay safe. 

It suggests looking at whether a vendor is clean: Does it have a sink for employees to wash hands? Are employees using gloves or tongs? 

When bringing leftovers home, don't let the fair food sit out for over 2 hours. This time window is cut to one hour in 90 degree weather. 

To learn more about food safety at summer fairs, click here

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