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Outdoor food safety

Health officials say foods to especially keep an eye on outside include meat, fruit, and pasta or potato salad.

Posted: Jul. 8, 2018 9:42 PM

KIMT NEWS 3 – Many are outdoors for the summer season, and that means thinking about food safety.

Health officials advise to keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold.

Amber Oakland, of Albert Lea, brings her kids out to the park for lunch often. She thinks ahead when she’s packing her cooler.

“There's plug-ins out here, so we bring a hot plate with so we can make like something hot,” Oakland said. “Last time we came out we brought a little quesadilla maker. I like to freeze their water bottles so that they got nice cold water.”

One big thing officials say people don’t always think about is washing up before digging in, as well as making sure the surface is clean before you eat.

“We always have wet wipes,” Oakland said, “and so I use those generously with everybody, especially out here.”

Officials say foods to especially keep an eye on include meat, fruit, and pasta or potato salad.

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