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Safely Shop in Extreme Temperatures
In extremely hot weather, the trunk of a car can often be compared to an oven. In fact, cars parked in direct sunlight can get hot enough to cook foods! As you can imagine, transporting perishable foods in a hot trunk can cause them to spoil, which can lead to food poisoning. Not only should you follow the proper precautions with transporting food in hot weather, but also remember to follow safety rules with your reusable grocery totes, and keep harmful bacteria from flourishing.
- Never leave grocery totes in the trunk of your car. Transport groceries in the back seat.
- Frequently wash totes in warm, soapy water to eliminate any bacteria that could be lurking in your tote.
- Use two grocery totes: one for meat, poultry and seafood; and the other for ready-to-eat foods like produce and bread. It's also a smart idea to wrap meats in plastic bags before placing in totes.
For more information on outdoor safety, visit our Resuable Grocery Totes section and HomeFoodSafety.org.
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