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Holiday Food Safety Tips

Practice food safety this holiday season as well as throughout the year.

  1. Have a plan. Consider oven space, refrigerator space and your menu. Keep hot foods 141° or higher and cold foods at 41° or below.
  2. Remember to defrost your meat in the refrigerator, under cool running water or in the microwave.
  3. Keep foods separated. Keep meats, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods in the refrigerator. This will help keep juices from the meats from dripping onto other foods.
  4. Wash your hands before, during and after food preparation.
  5. Wash all produce before using.
  6. Do not eat raw dough or batter, unless you use pasteurized eggs for dishes containing raw eggs.
  7. Cook foods to proper temperatures. Remember to reheat food to 165° or higher.
  8. Use ice to keep cold foods cold and heated elements such as a crock pot to keep hot foods hot.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation.
  • Remember to cool hot items properly. If soup or any food item is in a deep pan or dish, make sure to cool in shallow container with the lid off until cooled properly to a safe temperature of 41° or below.

Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday!

Staci Jones RD, LD

Adair County Health System

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