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Why be especially vigilant about food safety this holiday, according to a doctor

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This Independence Day holiday coincides with record-breaking heat waves across the US and other parts of the world, posing a potential threat to public health. The South and Southwest, particularly California, are expected to experience extremely high temperatures, reaching over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) in some areas. Additionally, the avian influenza outbreak has raised concerns about the safety of certain foods, such as milk, eggs, and hamburgers. As people celebrate the Fourth of July with outdoor picnics and barbecues, there is a need for additional food safety precautions due to the predicted high temperatures. Experts recommend thoroughly cooking meat, using internal thermometers, and refraining from leaving perishable items unrefrigerated for too long. It is also important to stay hydrated, protected from the sun, and be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.