When you think about the holidays, does the taste of a freshly baked pumpkin pie or the aroma of a home-cooked turkey dinner come to mind? No matter what's on your menu, food is always a central part of holiday festivities. But holiday meals can take a turn for the worse if food safety isn’t a regular ingredient in preparing food.
Fortunately, there are many good sources of information available on the web and via phone and apps. Try these sources to get started:
Seasonal Food Safety
Published by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture, this site offers a variety of resource including information on holiday turkeys, take-out food, other holiday meats and much more. Brochures include:
Find answers to your personal questions on the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).
For a live chat, go to "AskKaren.gov." The Ask Karen app is available for free download for both iPhone and android phones.