State briefs for May 24
Health agency issues food safety reminders
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department public health experts remind residents who plan to picnic or cook out this summer to keep all ingredients on ice to avoid the threat of contamination and sickness.
Food-borne bacteria can begin to multiply in perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and mayonnaise after it’s been kept above 40 degrees for more than two hours. Make sure to pack foods that can spoil in a cooler surrounded by ice.
To avoid cross-contamination, keep raw meat, poultry and seafood securely wrapped. This keeps their juices from contaminating other foods. Use a separate cooler for drinks.
“While at the park, keep the cooler in the shade," said consumer protection Supervisor Matt Brosh. "Food is safe after preparation or cooking for four hours before it needs to be thrown away. When in doubt, throw it away.”
Investigation continues about measles case
The Tulsa Health Department and the state Health Department continue to investigate a confirmed case of measles in Okmulgee County, which was announced May 15.
Health officials issued an alert Thursday about the potential exposure to the measles case for anyone who visited New Beginnings Church, 4104 E 151st St S, in Bixby. People who were there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 for the end-of-semester program and pre-K graduation ceremony were at risk of exposure.
Tulsa Health Department officials are working with New Beginnings Church staff and state health officials to identify anyone who may have visited during that time frame to inform them of their exposure and provide recommendations.