It’s important to pack and store your food properly, both before you leave for the backcountry and when you’re on the trail.
Bacteria that can make you sick like salmonella, need certain conditions to survive. They grow well in foods that are moist and rich in protein like meat, poultry, and dairy products. They also grow well between the temperatures of 4 to 60°C (40 to 140°F). In the right conditions, bacteria can grow very quickly and can make your food unsafe to eat in a short amount of time.
To keep your food cool in the backcountry:
Current as of: January 12, 2022
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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