Foodborne illnesses often follow outdoor picnics, gatherings
As the Independence Day holiday nears, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to keep food safety in mind at picnics and barbecues.
“When large gatherings like holiday-related picnics and meals happen, we typically hear about people getting ill with diarrhea and vomiting from foodborne illnesses,” said IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Most of these illnesses are caused by foods that are improperly cooked or stored.”
Especially during warm weather, food safety begins at the grocery store.
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