Pack Meals Security in your Subsequent Hike or Tenting Journey

Posted by Meredith Carothers, Technical Info Specialist, Meals Security and Inspection Service, USDA in

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Aug 30, 2022

A family on a camping trip

Mountain climbing and tenting are excellent Labor Day weekend actions, and there’s one thing particular about having fun with a meal whereas admiring nature. To make sure your expertise stays foodborne sickness free, observe these food security suggestions.

Keep away from the “Hazard Zone”

Micro organism multiply quickly between 40 F and 140 F, aka the “Hazard Zone”. Should you’re packing perishable meals, maintain them chilly (beneath 40 F) through the use of a cooler or insulated container with chilly sources like ice, gel packs, or frozen water bottles. Comply with the 2-hour rule and don’t go away your perishables at an unsafe temperature above 40 F for greater than 2 hours, or 1 hour if it’s a scorching day (above 90 F). This additionally applies to most sandwiches!

Clear Arms

It’s necessary to wash your palms when dealing with food. Washing palms with cleaning soap and water is the best, however in the event you’re climbing or making ready food at a campsite with out quick access to working water, have hand sanitizer (at the least 60 p.c alcohol) or moist towelettes accessible.

Use a Meals Thermometer

Grilling burgers over the campfire? Make sure that to pack a food thermometer. All uncooked meat and poultry should attain a secure minimal inner temperature earlier than they’re fit for human consumption. Prepare dinner burgers made with floor beef, pork, veal or lamb to 160 F, and poultry burgers to 165 F as measured by a food thermometer. Prepare dinner complete cuts of beef, pork, veal or lamb to 145 F with a 3-minute relaxation time, fish to 145 F, and all poultry to 165 F.

Plan Forward

Have questions on the way to greatest put together to your climbing or tenting journey? Name or e mail the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline to get recommendation from a food security skilled: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or

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