Thanksgiving Food Safety

Cooking for a Crowd

One in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You don’t want that number to include one of your Thanksgiving guests, so don’t let cooking for a crowd lead to mistakes. Unfortunately, holiday meals are often linked to outbreaks of food poisoning. The bacteria have scary names — E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter — and even scarier health effects. Perhaps you’ve heard of the more common causes of foodborne illness — like cooking turkey with the stuffing inside — but now is a good time to brush up on all of the recommended food safety suggestions for a healthy and happy holiday.

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November 13, 2014

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November 13, 2014