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Food Safety for Potlucks

Image of a picnic basket.Who doesn't love a potluck?! From school banquets to church suppers to family picnics, the easiest, economic way to feed a lot of people is for everyone to bring a dish to pass.

Unfortunately, bacteria that cause food-borne illness can also be passed with the food. Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these steps to help keep your family and friends from becoming sick.

At home before you go:

On your way:

Once you arrive, determine when you will be eating.

If the food will not be served immediately:

If the food will be served immediately:

Time to eat:

When it comes to food safety, remember "When in doubt, throw it out!"