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You can help prevent food borne illness from ruining your holiday get togethers by following
advice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. There
are four easy steps that consumers can take to help keep their families and friends safe
from food borne illness. That's clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Keep surfaces and hands clean, separate raw and prepared food. Cook food to safe internal
temperatures and use a food thermometer to check. Turkeys should be cooked to a safe
internal temperature of one hundred sixty five degrees Fahrenheit.
If you stuff your turkey or if you cook your stuffing in a separate casserole dish, the
stuffing needs to reach a safe internal temperature of a hundred sixty five degrees Fahrenheit.
And for those leftovers...Divide food into shallow containers and get them into the refrigerator
as soon as you can. And in the lead up to the holiday, remember to store food safely.
For turkeys that means...A frozen turkey should stay in the freezer until you are ready to
thaw it. If you're buying a fresh turkey, purchase your turkey only one to two days
in advance of cooking it. For more food safety advice you can download the Ask Karen app
for your Smartphone, go online to Ask Karen dot gov or call the USDA's meat and poultry
hotline at 1-888-mp-hotline. In Washington for the U.S. Department of Agriculture I'm