Keeping your Thanksgiving meal safe

POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

BRYAN -- The turkey is of course usually the center of the Thanksgiving meal but if it's not cooked the right way, it can also be the source of a food-borne illness.

So Fox 28's Lauren Holman has tips on how to prepare the bird so you don't get anyone sick.

Chances are, you'll spend hours in the kitchen tomorrow making sure the Thanksgiving meal is perfect. But if you're not careful, instead of enjoying the food, you'll get sick from it.

"If you contract a food-borne illness it could be several days of sickness and I've talked to a number of people that have contracted food-borne illness and I know it's rather serious and can result in death in some cases," said Brazos County health inspector, Don Plitt.

But preventing these types of illnesses are easy.

First off, use multiple cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination. And always make sure your food is cooked thoroughly, to at least 165 degrees.

One of the most common mistakes made is that people leave their food out on the counter to cool off after they've eaten. Plitt says you need to cover it up and put it in the fridge immediately once you're done with it.

"We cannot allow potentially hazardous food out of temperature for more than four hours and at four hours it must either be discarded or eaten at that time. It cannot go back in the refrigerator."

And remember, bacteria is something you cannot see, smell or taste so you should be turkey-free by next week. Thanksgiving leftovers should be thrown out after three or four days.
 

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