Health Watch -- Fun in the Sun: Food in the Outdoors

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about keeping your fun in the sun safe this summer. When the weather gets warm, we like to cook and eat outdoors. Cook-outs, barbecues and picnics are popular activities. But nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say there are some precautions you need to take when cooking or eating outdoors.

Warm weather makes food spoil more quickly, so food safety becomes especially important. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern, says when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, foods such as dairy, cold cuts and raw meat shouldn't be left out any longer than one hour.

Next: Safety tips for cookouts.  

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May 2006

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