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Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Leaving food out too long at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness.

Grilling, Hiking, Camping and Boating

Hiking, camping, and boating are good activities for active people and families, and in some parts of the country you can enjoy the outdoors for 2 or 3 seasons. In many cases, these activities last all day and involve preparing at least one meal. If the food is not handled correctly, foodborne illness can be an unwelcome souvenir.

Video: Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness

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Information and Resources

FoodSafety.gov Charts: Food Safety at a Glance

How long can you store leftovers in the refrigerator? How can you tell when chicken breasts are done? How long does it take to cook a turkey? Check out these charts for fast answers.

FoodSafety.gov: FoodKeeper App

The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.

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