Food safety tips for your July 4 cookout

people at a picnic

Be extra careful at that picnic or barbecue this weekend.

Experts say the likelihood of getting food poisoning is higher during the summer, especially if you’re eating outside.

Kansas State University food safety specialist Londa Nwadike says it’s important to pay attention to the details.

She says if you’re packing food in a cooler, keep your meet in a bag separate from the other food.

And put your drinks in a different cooler, since you’ll be opening that cooler more often.

Also pack your cooler in the passenger seat instead of the trunk, where it can get hot.

Finally, be sure to wash your fruit and vegetables before cutting into them to avoid the spread of bacteria.

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