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Don't let your outdoor meal become a feast for bacteria

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WASHINGTON — As summer approaches, millions of Americans will hit the road to visit national parks, beaches and campgrounds. While packing that sunblock, bug spray and picnic blanket, people should make sure to also take some U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety tips along for the ride.

“USDA reminds summer travelers not to let your outdoor meal become a feast for bacteria,” USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Emilio Esteban said. “Bacteria grows faster during the summer months because it’s warmer and more humid. Pack perishable foods safely with a cold source and wash...


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