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.

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