It’s Melbourne Cup Carnival time, 2nd November – 9th November, 2019. The Spring Racing Season is also a time for functions, barbecue and picnics. If your immune system is weakened by cancer treatment these events can spell danger when it comes to food safety. That doesn’t have to stop you from attending the function if well enough to go.
For barbecue or picnics, where possible, bring your own food to avoid any confusion or fear about how the food was prepared or chilled. People with allergies do, so why not you! Also you can then focus on catching up with the other guests without worrying about what to eat.
Food at barbecues or picnics is more likely to harbor food borne bacteria. Food is often left unrefrigerated outside for too long before consumption. Insects wind-borne dust and bacteria and meats cooked on barbecues with chicken and seafood add to the risks of food poisoning.
If you are having mouth problems try to find out if there will be any sauces, gravies, or dips available or bring your own tomato-based sauce to make eating not so dry and difficult.
Stay hydrated! Bring your water bottle because there might not be a good source of water where you are to hydrate. Sodas and other caffeinated drinks can contribute to dehydration.
Remember your hand sanitiser! Clean your hands before and after food preparation and before consuming produce. We have popped a purse size thank you one in our Kit for Cancer case. Don’t leave home without it this Cup Carnival week!
Hope you pick some winners!
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