Summer vacation is in full swing and children are out of school and home for the summer. Warm weather has arrived, and the time is finally here to spend every day outside. There is no better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than with a day spent at the pool or the beach!
Before the next time you pack up your cooler to spend the day by the water, keep in mind that warm weather presents opportunities for foodborne bacteria to spread. Here are six easy things to remember before planning your next day at the pool or beach:
1. Wash your hands before and while preparing food. One of the most important things you can do to reduce the spread of foodborne illness is to wash your hands before and while preparing food. Using PURELL® brand HEALTHY SOAP® gently washes away dirt and germs that can easily make you sick.
2. Keep food out of the sun. As the temperature heats up, so does your food, allowing bacteria to multiply rapidly. Make sure all food is thoroughly cooked, packed into a cooler and placed in the shade. Cold food should be stored at 40 °F or below to prevent bacterial growth.1
3. Serve food on clean plates. Be sure not to use the same plate you used while preparing raw food. Make sure you use always use new plates and utensils for serving the cooked food.
4. Disinfect and clean tables before and after eating. Disinfecting and cleaning picnic tables can help reduce the spread of germs. The most effective products kill germs quickly, without the use of any harsh chemicals. Be sure to have PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant with you.
5. Always wash or sanitize your hands before eating. If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to cleanse hands before eating.2 Be sure to have either PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes or PURELL SINGLES™ Advanced Hand Sanitizer Single-Use Packets to quickly and easily clean and sanitize hands before enjoying food.
6. Refrigerate any leftovers. Refrigerate any leftovers in shallow containers. Dispose of any food left out more than 2 hours or 1 hour if temperature outside reaches above 90°F/ 32°C.3
To learn more about how to properly handle food this summer, visit the FDA website.