Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 21, 2005 11:00 ET

NOTICE TO FOOD EDITORS

Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Season Attention: Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor OTTAWA / ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 21, 2005) -

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is issuing two food safety fact sheets:
Picnicking, Hiking & Camping Food Safety Tips and Shigella Food Safety Facts to remind consumers about safe food handling and preparation during the summer outdoor season.

While food safety is important all the time, safe food handling and cooking practices are especially important during the summer outdoor season. We can't control the weather but we CAN control the temperature of our food and prevent foodborne illness. Hot food must be kept hot at or above 60°C (140°F) and cold foods must be kept cold at or below 4°C (40°F).

CFIA's food safety fact sheets (Picnicking, Hiking & Camping Food Safety Tips and Shigella Food Safety Facts) provide tips on how to prevent food from becoming dangerous and avoiding conditions that promote the growth of harmful bacteria, such as Shigella.

Most cases of foodborne illness can be prevented by using safe food handling practices and making sure that any food, including food cooked on the BBQ, is checked with a food thermometer to make sure it is cooked to a safe internal temperature.

The attached fact sheets can also be viewed, along with additional food safety information, on the CFIA's Web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Thanks for helping us get these important food safety messages to consumers.
/For further information: For more information, to speak with a food safety spokesperson, or to arrange a media interview, you can contact:

Atlantic
Noëlla LeBlanc 506-851-3331

Ontario
Margaret Boyd 519-826-2915

Quebec
Jean-François Bolduc 514-283-3815 (253)

West
Ruth Anne Partridge 403-292-6733

or Media Relations in Ottawa at (613) 228-6682/ IN: FOOD, HEALTH

Contact Information

  • Media Relations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Primary Phone: 613-225-6682