HEALTH CARE TIPS : FOOD AND NUTRITION
Use these tips to ensure safe eating at your
� Use an insulated
Put ice or a frozen gel pack on top, with foods to
be kept coldest on the bottom.
� Pack right from the
Keep food cold or frozen to the touch before putting
it in your cooler or cold vacuum bottle, such as a thermos.
� Wrap all foods
separately in plastic
Don't place foods directly on
ice that's not of drinking-water quality. Keep raw meat, poultry or fish well
wrapped so that drippings don't contaminate other foods.
� Don't put your cooler
in a hot trunk
Transport your cooler inside your car - not the
trunk. Keep it in the shade at your picnic or campsite, and keep the lid on.
� Keep food and
utensils covered until serving time
Flies, other insects
and household pets can carry salmonella bacteria.
� Keep hot foods hot
a vacuum bottle or insulated dish for serving.
� Clean your hands
Take along alcohol-based hand sanitizer and
disposable hand towels to use before and after working with food.
the 2-hour rule
Return leftovers to your cooler as quickly as
possible. Two hours is the maximum time food should be left unrefrigerat-ed -
one hour if the temperature is 85 F or higher. If your ice has melted or the
gel pack is only cool, discard perishable leftovers.
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