The USDA wants you and your family to barbecue safely. Food poisoning or foodborne illness can affect anyone who eats food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or other substances.
Certain groups of people are more susceptible to foodborne illness. This means that they are more likely to get sick from contaminated food and, if they do get sick, the effects are much more serious. Some of these groups of people include:
- Cancer Patients
- Children under Five Years of Age
- Diabetes Patients
- HIV/AIDS Patients
- Older Adults
- Persons with Autoimmune Diseases
- Pregnant Women
By following basic rules of food safety, you can help prevent foodborne illness for yourself and others. Here is a list of downloadable, free food safety fact sheets for grilling and other summer activities with food. The information will help you prevent food poisoning while having delicious fun this summer.
Free Guides for Basic Food Safety
- Fighting Food Poisoning: One of the Most Important Things You Can Do
- Follow these four simple steps to keep your family safe from food poisoning at home
Free Guides for Summer Food Safety
- Grilling Food Safety 101
- Barbecue and Food Safety
- Handling Food Safely on the Road
- Food Safety While Hiking, Camping & Boating
Summer Food Safety Video
As the short video below states, it’s important to pay extra attention to food safety during summer when the weather is warmer.
More Resources on Food Safety
Want to know how long you can safely keep meat in the refrigerator? Or how long to boil an egg? How about whether it’s better to use wooden or plastic cutting boards? Here are more sources for expert knowledge on handling and storing food safely and preventing food poisoning:
- Ask Karen is your guide to expert knowledge on handling and storing food safely. You can search their database of common food safety questions (available 24/7) on their website or your mobile phone, send questions by email, or chat online or by phone (1-888-674-6854) with a food safety expert (weekdays 10 AM to 6 PM ET).
- Follow USDA Food Safety on Twitter: twitter.com/usdafoodsafety
- Become a Facebook fan of FoodSafety.gov to keep updated on food safety information