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Cooking the traditional holiday dinner often gives rise to anxieties and questions. How much food do I need? When should I buy the food? How do I know the turkey is done? What do I do with all of the leftovers and how long are they good for? Answering questions similar to these will help ease your holiday anxieties and will allow you to prepare a delicious and safe meal for your family and friends.

In the United States alone, there are 76 million foodborne illnesses (FBI) reported each year and it is estimated that 60% of those occur in people’s homes. As a result, there are approximately 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,200 deaths each year. FBI’s are often a result of unsafe food preparation and handling practices that people are unaware of. Common mistakes like cross-contamination and improper food temperatures are among the leading causes of foodborne illness in the home.

Making small changes to your food handling practices may help you avoid foodborne illness at home. The Home Cooking Tips (listed to the right) will help you ensure that your food handling practices are safe.

Download free food safety brochures here.


If you have further questions please contact a local environmentalist.
Home Cooking Tips
Did You Know?
The average used kitchen sponge has 7.2 billion bacteria.
 
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