Food safety for community events

Here are some simple things to keep in mind when organizing community events to make sure that the food you prepare and serve is safe for you and your community.

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Good planning is the first step when preparing foods for large groups. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Preparing and storing

Preparing and storing food properly helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Here are some simple things you can do to keep food safe.

Avoid the danger zone

The "danger zone" for high risk foods is between 4° - 60°C (40° - 140°F). Keep high risk foods out of the danger zone, to prevent the growth of bacteria and keep food safe.


Here are some simple things you can do to ensure that any germs that may be in the food are destroyed during cooking.

If you have to transport high risk foods from one location to another, keep them out of the danger zone. Place hot foods in insulated containers and cold food in a cooler.


Here are some simple things you can do to make sure that food doesn't get contaminated when being served.


Cool food quickly to prevent spoilage and the growth of bacteria. To cool food safely and quickly:

Leftover food

Always make sure that the refrigerator temperature is at 4°C (40°F) or lower! Refrigerate or keep food on ice within 2 hours of preparation.

Here's what to keep in mind when you reheat leftover food.

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