Advertisement

Am I more likely to get food poisoning in the summer?

You are more likely to get food poisoning in the summer than in cooler seasons. Food products that spoil easily can go bad faster as the warmer temperatures of summer help bacteria multiply faster. Don't leave food out at room temperature for more than two hours, and then refrigerate foods promptly. Make sure all foods are cooked to safe temperatures on the grill by using a meat thermometer. These practices should be followed year round, however, they are even more important during the summer.
Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
During the summer season, emergency doctors see a spike in food-borne illnesses – more commonly known as food poisoning.
There are 2 factors that contribute to this rise and provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and multiply on food. First, summer’s warmer weather and humidity increase the amount of germs or bacteria that naturally grow in water, air and soil.  Secondly, when we are dining outdoors, we don’t have refrigeration’s well-controlled temperatures and cooking on the grill is not as temperature regulated as an oven.

Continue Learning about Food Poisoning Causes

How can kitchen sponges cause food poisoning?
Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics
A smelly, wet kitchen sponge is a sure sign of one thing: bacteria. Reusing a sponge that's cont...
More Answers
What increases my risk for food poisoning?
RealAgeRealAge
Nearly 1 out of every 5 cases of diarrhea is due to food poisoning. And the average US person will h...
More Answers
How can reusable grocery bags cause food poisoning?
Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD
Unfortunately, only 15 percent of Americans wash their reusable tote bags on a regular basis, accord...
More Answers
What is aflatoxin?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Aflatoxin is a harmful substance made by certain types of mold (Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus p...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.