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Health Tip: Keep Holiday Foods Safe

Make sure germs don't ruin the occasion

(HealthDayNews) -- As the holidays near, everyone seems to plan parties and elaborate feasts. Here are some food-safety suggestions, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wash hands and food-contact surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, knives, sponges and counter tops.
  • Don't let bacteria spread from one food product to another, especially among raw meats, poultry and seafood. Keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook to proper temperatures. Foods are properly cooked when they are heated long enough at high-enough temperatures to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Refrigerate promptly. Refrigerators should be set at 40 F and the freezer at 0 F, and the accuracy of the settings should be checked with a thermometer.
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