Healthy Holidays – a message from Health Canada

During the Holiday Season, you will most likely cook and gather family and friends around a good meal!

You probably already know that if you eat or serve food that hasn’t been properly handled, you or your family could get sick.

To reduce the risk of illness caused by eating contaminated food, there are four basic steps you should always follow: clean, separate, cook and chill.

· Wash hands, kitchen counters and utensils frequently.

· Keep raw foods separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

· Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by cooking foods to the proper internal temperature.

· Keep cold foods cold. Bacteria can grow rapidly when food is allowed to sit in the so-called danger zone: between 4°C (40°F) and 60°C (140°F).
Poultry Safety: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/safety-salubrite/meat-viandes/turkey-dinde-eng.php
For more tips on food safety during the Holidays, visit:healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/holiday-fete-eng.php

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