Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 03, 2006 15:32 ET

CFIA/Notice to Food Editors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - In warm summer weather, many Canadians will take the opportunity to pursue outdoor activities like picnicking, hiking and camping. These activities often involve outdoor food handling and preparation. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is issuing two food safety fact sheets: Picnicking, Hiking and Camping Food Safety Tips and Shigella Food Safety Tips to remind consumers about safe food handling and preparation while cooking outdoors.

While food safety is important all the time, safe food handling and
cooking practices are especially important during the summer season

- microorganisms grow well in warm, humid weather;
- more people are preparing food outside further away from food
safety equipment (refrigerator, sinks, clean platters and
utensils); and
- bacteria like Shigella thrive in unsanitary conditions or where
normal personal hygiene practices may be compromised (on the trail
or while camping).

To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, it's important for consumers to learn how to properly handle and cook food when they do not have the resources of a fully functional kitchen at hand. It is also important to know how to pack, store and transport food in coolers so that the food stays cold enough to avoid developing dangerous bacteria. Improper food handling and preparation can cause mild to serious illness and sometimes death.

Picnicking, Hiking and Camping Food Safety Tips and Shigella Food Safety Tips are attached and can also be viewed, along with additional food safety information, on the CFIA's website at

The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education's newly revised website,, contains a wide variety of useful information on safe food handling practices as well as a table of Safe Doneness internal cooking temperatures for meats and poultry.

Thanks for helping us get these important food safety messages to consumers.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations office
    (613) 228-6682