dust-stormWith the monsoon comes an increase in foodborne illnesses in Arizona.  While outdoor pool parties, barbeques, and family gatherings are cool, it’s important to remember some tips for handling food safely to protect your family and guests from a nasty bout of foodborne illnesses.  According to the CDC, reducing foodborne illness by just 10% would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year.

CDC and Foodsafety.gov recommend that you check your steps. Clean, separate, cook, and chill to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning. Visit Foodsafety.gov to see some great videos on each of the steps and follow the tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.  If you’re a thumbnail guy like me, just remember to keep cold foods cold, hot foods hot, and food surfaces and hands clean.