VALHALLA, N.Y. -- As the summer heat beats down, now's the perfect time to enjoy al fresco dining. However, when cooking perishable foods such as meats, there's a concern that leaving them unrefrigerated for an extended period of time can result in food-borne illness.
“The concern is bacterial infection from contamination,” says Alison Sullivan, Registered Dietician at Good Samaritan Hospital, a Member the Westchester Medical Center Health Network." When food is left exposed to sunlight and heat, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. In order to ensure your food is germ-free Sullivan recommends either cooking or refrigerating your food after being exposed for two hours. On sweltering days, that window shrinks to one hour, she says.
Once you eat that hamburger, how soon is too soon to take a dip in the pool? Conventional wisdom says you need to wait thirty minutes before swimming, but Dr. Kevin Dodd of Westchester Medical Center says you can swim sooner than you think.
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