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Mind the Clock: Wear a Watch
According to a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one in four people believe picnic foods can sit out in the summer heat for more than two hours without refrigeration. False! In temperatures of 90°F or more, the "two hour rule" becomes the "one hour rule."
Next time you dine outdoors, keep guests safe by setting out perishable food items in one-hour shifts. After each shift, place uneaten food back in a refrigerator set below 40°F, or keep perishable foods on ice to make sure they stay properly chilled.
Wear a watch or keep a close eye on a clock to make sure foods do not exceed the one hour rule in extreme temperatures.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning, visit our Outdoor Dining section on HomeFoodSafety.org.
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