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Don't Be Sorry; Keep Picnic Foods Safe

PicnicIt's picnic season. The picturesque scene of a family cookout really warms the heart, but it can do damage to the stomach if not carefully planned. It is a good idea to take the following precautions so no one becomes sick.

You can prepare some foods early and not have to worry about them at all. Cheese and vegetable trays are a great example. The night before the picnic, you can cut up chunks of:


To avoid becoming sick, remember this rule: Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold!


This article originally appeared in Chow Line (12/29/02), a service of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and was adapted for use on NetWellness with permission.

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Last Reviewed: Jul 02, 2012

Sharron   Coplin, MS, RD, LD Sharron Coplin, MS, RD, LD
Former Lecturer
Food & Nutrition
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University