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Health Tip: Don't Let Holiday Turkey Make You Sick

Health Tip: Don't Let Holiday Turkey Make You Sick

12/09/11

(HealthDay News) -- A case of food poisoning can ruin anyone's holidays. So take care with your turkey to reduce your risk of food-borne illness.

The American Dietetic Association offers these suggestions for buying and cooking turkey:

  • When buying the bird, make sure its packaging is well-sealed. Make the turkey the last item added to your grocery cart, and bag it separately from other groceries.
  • Freeze the whole, uncooked turkey in its original wrapping.
  • Never thaw your turkey on the counter. Instead, defrost it in the microwave, let it defrost slowly in the fridge, or let it defrost in cold water.
  • Wash hands carefully before and after handling the turkey.
  • Use a meat thermometer, making sure the cooked turkey reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Measure the temperature at the innermost portion of the turkey thigh.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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