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One in five cases of food borne illnesses happen in the home. Do not let germs crash your Thanksgiving table!

  • Soap up. You have heard it a million times before, but washing your hands with soap is key, because it binds to germs, allowing them to be rinsed off with water. Choose liquid soap with a pump; bar soap left on a dish can harbor bacteria.
  • Wait to stuff. If you fill your turkey with stuffing, do so just before putting the bird in the oven. Leaving uncooked food out for an extended period of time while prepping can increase the chances of germs multiplying.
  • Take its temperature. Cook the turkey thoroughly, until the meat is no longer pink, to avoid the possibility of salmonella. (You can see recommended cooking times at usda.gov.) To be totally safe, use a meat thermometer and check the temperature in the breast of the bird, not the fat or bone, which could be higher. It should be at least 165 degrees when you take it out.
  • Double rinse. Even if you are using a pre-washed salad, wash produce again for 10-20 seconds, because germs and pesticides can linger on the leaves. The same goes for fruits and veggies. If you buy a head of lettuce or cabbage, remove the outer leaves and then wash.
  • Trace your steps. After handling raw meat, clean all surfaces, such as the kitchen faucet, sink, counter tops and cutting boards. Use warm water and soap, followed by a bleach solution. (One tablespoon of bleach to one quart of water.) Make a note of the routes that germs travel. For example, if you touch the raw turkey and then open the fridge, clean the fridge handle as well.

Following these steps will give you the best chance of having a germ free holiday and allow you to enjoy spending the time with your family and friends. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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