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WASHINGTON DC, May 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Memorial Day kicks off the official start of summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to remind you to prevent foodborne illness before you light up that grill and pack up the cooler. Hot and humid weather combined with outdoor activities, provide the perfect environment for harmful bacteria to multiply on food and make people sick.
Fill your picnic basket with these items that will help keep your summer fun while handling food at your Memorial Day gathering:
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by properly handling food at home or outdoors. Make sure to follow our four steps - Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill - to food safety all year and during special occasions like this Memorial Day holiday.
Need more food safety information? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (1-888-674-6854) Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, or email or chat at AskKaren.gov.
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