Watch Out for Foodborne Illness This Summer!

Pg A13 - Amber Pankonin PhotoWith summer in full swing, many families are on the go and taking food with them. Whether it’s camping outdoors, swimming in the pool, or participating in sporting events, it’s important to be mindful of the potential risks for foodborne illness. Children, older adults, and women who are pregnant are at most risk for developing foodborne illness. Warmer temperatures outside can accelerate bacterial growth, so it’s always best to keep items stored in a cooler. If you’re headed on a picnic or to the lake, pack a cooler full of water bottles or other healthy beverages and start with half of them frozen. That way you’ll have the benefit of keeping everything cold and not waste room with ice. Make sure to keep high protein items like prepared meats, dairy items like chocolate milk, cheese, yogurts, and dips stored on ice while traveling to prevent any foodborne illness this summer.


Amber Pankonin MS, RDN, CSP, LMNT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, passionate about food, nutrition science, and agriculture. She works as a nutrition communications consultant, adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and blogger at

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