Food Safety for the Outdoors - Food Safety - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Food Safety for the Outdoors

Minnesota Department of Health Consumer Fact Sheet
Revised July, 2016

Plan Ahead

  • To avoid leftovers, bring only the amount of food that can be eaten.
  • When planning meals, think about using shelf-stable food to ensure food safety.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before bringing them with you.
  • Bring biodegradable soap so hands and surfaces can be washed often.
    • If you are going somewhere where running water is not available, bring water with you if possible or use hand sanitizer.
  • If running water will not be available, bring bottled or tap water or always treat water collected from lakes and streams before drinking.

Pack Safely

  • If traveling with perishable food, use a cooler with ice or freezer packs.
    • Packing frozen meat and poultry will help them stay colder longer.
    • A full cooler maintains its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one.
  • Keep raw meat and poultry separate from cooked foods or foods meant to be eaten raw.
    • Pack foods in tight, waterproof containers to prevent juices from the raw product from dripping on other foods.

Clean & Separate

  • Wash hands and surfaces often.
    • Always wash your hands before and after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or handling pets.
  • Don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry.
    • Harmful germs present in raw meat and poultry can be easily spread to other foods by juices dripping from packages, hands, or utensils.

Cook & Chill

  • Fresh and frozen raw meat, poultry, and fish should be cooked hot enough to kill any harmful germs that may be in the product.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
    • Only cook food that will be eaten right way to avoid leftovers.
    • Discard any food that has been left out for more than 2 hours
      (or 1 hour if it’s above 90° F).
    • Keep the cooler in a shady spot or covered with a light-colored blanket.
    • Avoid opening the cooler repeatedly so that food stays colder longer.

Updated Monday, 03-Oct-2016 08:20:58 CDT