Holiday barbecues and picnics are celebrated traditions and part of a summer of fun. But food poisoning can spoil your cookout.
Each year, an estimated 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses are brought on by undercooked meat, foods that stay out in the heat too long and dirty hands that spread contamination, health officials warned. Symptoms of food poisoning include stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, all of which can start hours or days after eating something contaminated. Most healthy people recover from symptoms within a few hours or days without treatment, but foodborne illness can be severe and even life-threatening in older adults, infants and young children, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Scroll down for some advice for your summer cookout.