It’s soon to be the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving is a holiday full of tradition, but it also can be a giant pathogen fest if you’re not practicing food safety throughout grocery shopping, storing, preparation, and cooking. The holidays are also unfortunately timed right in the middle of cold and flu season, meaning anyone preparing food for your party or potluck may have germs and/or viruses clinging to their fingers while preparing food. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly before cooking, and after handling any raw meat, and don’t feel bad reminding others to do so, as well.
Here are some other tips and tricks to remain healthy during the holidays:
- Thaw turkey safely - in a refrigerator, or in a sink of cold water changed every 30 minutes, or in the microwave
- Separate and store foods correctly — keep meat, seafood, poultry, and eggs separate from other foods
- Wash hands before and after preparing food, after touching raw meat, eggs, or unwashed produce
- Thoroughly cook food to a safe internal temperature
- Put food away before two hours have passed sitting on the counter
- Do not eat raw dough or batter (sorry!)
- Avoid foods that may contain listeria if pregnant, elderly, or have a compromised immune system
From all of us at CitroBio, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday is safe and enjoyable. Click here to read more turkey cooking tips.