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Summer Picnic Health Tips

Leaving food out for too long even in room temperature can invite bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, and E. coli to grow, which could ultimately cause foodborne illness. Bacteria can multiply rapidly, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes.  According to the USDA, some bacteria, if left out too long, if allowed to multiply, produce toxins that cannot be killed by cooking or reheating.