June 2, 2009

Grill up food safety this summer!


York Region offers tips to reduce the risk of food-borne illness during the barbecue season


NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that food-borne illness, also known as food poisoning, can happen if improper techniques are used when preparing and cooking food on barbecues.  Follow these simple techniques to help reduce the risk of food-borne illness this summer:


Keep hot food hot and cold food cold:

Prepare food carefully:

Cook food thoroughly:

Clean up properly: 

Common symptoms of food-borne illnesses include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and fever.  Residents who think they may be experiencing a food-borne illness should seek medical attention.


For more information on this or any other public health related program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:             Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region

Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553

Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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