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FRAMINGHAM – “We all love picnics, and 4th of July picnics, but you have to have food safety,” said MetroWest Medical Center’s Emergency Department Chair Dr. Lisa Sotir.

The medical center, Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher, & Brewster Ambulance teamed up this week to offer safety tips.

“Food needs to be at the correct temperatures,” said Dr. Sotir.

Food should only be outside for about two hours, and only an hour, in extreme heat, said the ER doctor. If out too long, and people ingest the food, they can develop food poisoning.

“Nothing ends a picnic worst that stomach cramps and diarrhea,” said the doctor.

Watch her talk about food safety and check out the graphic from the USDA.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.