It’s finally summer time! That means more sun, more time outdoors, more cookouts - and with Independence Day around the corner, no doubt you’ve got some great family barbeques planned.
This summer, to be safe and healthy with your food, follow these tips:
If you’re cooking for a large group, follow the USDA’s seven steps to success (PDF).
Everyone loves a good hotdog, but barbecues can cause unsafe food preparation. To prevent this, be sure to keep your grilling safe.
In the warmer weather, you might be doing more activities outside. If you’re hiking, camping, or boating (PDF), the USDA has guidelines for keeping food safe without limiting your summer outdoor fun!
When you’re super hungry after all of your summer activities, it can be hard to be patient for food to be completely cooked! FoodSafety.gov has a helpful guide to safe minimum cooking temperatures.
For more seasonal safety tips, visit the CDC’s page on Summertime Safety, and to learn more about food preparation, check out FoodSafety.Gov, for Food Safety Myths Exposed!
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The products vary from market to market—based on what’s locally grown or raised—but many farmers’ markets sell fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, and other items.
Using USDA’s directory of farmers’ markets, enter your ZIP code to find a market in your area. If you’d like to narrow down the options, specify the items you’re seeking and your payment and location preferences.
Search for farmers’ markets near you.
Free meals (breakfast, lunch or snacks) will be served to children in low-income areas at sites such as neighborhood parks, libraries, schools, places of worship, mobile buses and recreation centers this summer.
To find free summer meals near you, call the toll-free National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood.
If you work for an organization that serves low-income children, you can learn more about addressing childhood hunger when school is out by watching the Summer Food training videos.
Learn more about the summer meals program.
Spring is a great time to shop at farmers’ markets. Find a market near you.
Image description: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 142,000 illnesses each year are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA has put regulations in place to help prevent contamination of eggs on the farm and during shipping and storage.
But you also play a key role in preventing illness associated with eggs. The most effective way to prevent egg-related illness is by knowing how to buy, store, handle and cook eggs — or foods that contain them — safely.
Learn more about food safety at www.fda.gov/food