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Tips for holiday dinner

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The turkey and trimmings may look yummy; but if they aren't cooked properly, food-borne illnesses could crash the party.

The Food and Drug Administration knows the rules of cooking safe.

Keep things clean.

Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before handling food.

Wash counters, cutting boards and utensils after preparing each item.

Rinse and scrub vegetables and fruits.

Do not wash off raw meat and poultry before cooking, because washing them just spreads bacteria to other areas.

Don't cross contaminate.

Separate your foods and use different cutting boards for different items.

Cook things properly.

Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill bacteria.

The inside temperature of a turkey should reach 165ºF.

If the turkey is stuffed, the temperature of the stuffing should be 165ºF.

Meats and other main meals vary, so check the package for cooking instructions.

Never leave refrigerated foods out for more than two hours.

Refrigerate items quickly because harmful bacteria grow rapidly at room temperature and never defrost food at room temperature.

Food can be defrosted safely in the refrigerator.

Another tip: don't save leftovers for more than three to four days.

If something smells bad, go by the rule, "when in doubt, throw it out."

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