May 28, 2021
The Wolf Administration this week urged Pennsylvanians to take food safety precautions heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the summer season.
“With Memorial Day approaching and the summer event season kicking off, we must remember grilling and picnic food safety measures,” Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said in a statement. “As the weather gets warmer, foodborne germs are more abundant, yielding food poisoning. It is important to keep perishable foods refrigerated and properly handle raw meats.”
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans get sick from contaminated food each year, leading to about 3,000 preventable deaths and $15.6 billion in associated costs.
The CDC and the Department of Health offer the following tips for food safety this upcoming season:
“Preparing, storing and serving food safely can keep a celebration from turning into an emergency,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “As we gather around the table together again, enjoy the bounty of food Pennsylvania has to offer, and eat safely.”
HAP encourages everyone to follow these food safety practices and to have a healthy, happy holiday weekend. More information about the state’s food safety efforts is available online. To speak with a public health nurse, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
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