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Holiday Food Safety

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 holiday foodsfestivities. 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 "" The Ask Karen app is available for free download for both iPhone and android phones.

Holidays has print information, videos and podcasts.  You can also stay up to date with on both Facebook and Twitter.

Holiday Food Safety
Visit this U.S. FDA site for food safety videos in both English and Spanish as well as a Food Safety Success kit.

The FDA's Food Information Line is available at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366) 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

For up-to-the minute information on food safety, download this free app, "Is My Food Safe?" for both iPhone and android phones.