I'm still kinda a newbie to Phoenix/Scottsdale. Every once in a while, you come across something that seems ridiculous, but then again, maybe a good idea? I just recently learned that up until just this summer it has been illegal to have a potluck in Arizona outside of the workplace since 2006. Who knew? I say not many. I know in my short time here, I have attended a few events with shared food. I have to admit though, that with some recent food-related outbreaks, I am evermore conscious about how/what I eat. I am especially leery when I attend potlucks. It was just a couple years back when I was still residing in Ohio, that such an outbreak occurred at a church potluck which resulted in not only over 2 dozen sick but also at least 2 deaths. Ummm? Scary! Everybody certainly doesn't have my OCD issues, but seriously folks, let's be cautious. Here are a few food safety tips:
Do not prepare food if you or any family member is sick. Why chance it? Do you want to be the one who sickened everyone else?
If possible, try to bring food that doesn't require temperature control such as fresh fruits, nuts and most baked goods.
Keep hot foods hot, 140 degrees or warmer. Use slower cookers and warming trays.
Keep cold foods cold, 40 degrees or colder. Place in bowls of ice or coolers.
Remember to wash your hands before handling food and eating.
Discard any food left out for more than 2 hours (or 1 hour on a very hot day! hello, Arizona!!) Personally, on this note, I don't save any food that has been set out for hands to get into