Food Safety Tips for the Holidays-Do's and Dont's

These tips help to reduce the risk of food borne illnesses.

  • Cook food to temperature. Read labels on food products to learn more about the correct temperature.
  • Do limit the number of hours food is kept out.
  • Do use a temperature thermometer to test the temperature of the food.
  • Do not eat raw cookie or cake dough as they contain egg products.
  • Do not wash your meat before cooking. This can increase the risk of bacteria and food borne illness.
  • Do thaw meat in the microwave, refrigerator or cold water in the sink (change water every 30 minutes).
  • Don’t thaw meat on the counter, as meat should thaw a safe temperature.
  • Do wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after preparing food, eating food, using the bathroom, toughing pet food, and blowing your nose.

To learn more about holiday tips to reduce food borne illness, watch video by Food Safety Specialist Dr. Wennie Xu:

Contact area nutrition agent, Keisha Fletcher to for food safety information (985) 839-7855 or in Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. LSU AgCenter has nutrition agents throughout the state. Contact your local extension nutrition agent in your parish.

Center for Disease Control. Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

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