As the temperature rises, the barbecue begins to take center stage as the most popular social focal point. But, when it comes to cooking and serving meals in the great outdoors, we need to be particularly cautious about food safety. The fact is that raw meats harbor bacteria that will grow in unrefrigerated conditions. Some foods left in warm sunlight before cooking, even for a few minutes, can become poisonous – as can the bowl the food is in, and the hands that touch it. So, to help ensure a safe and pleasant summers, be sure to keep meat refrigerated until it’s time to cook it, and thoroughly wash platters, bowls and hands immediately after contact with raw meats.