Four simple steps to avoid food poisoning include:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food
- Separate food (raw meat, fish, poultry and eggs from cooked food) and use different cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination
- Cook food to a safe internal temperature
- Store leftovers in containers and in the refrigerator/freezer within two hours
Check out this video on food safety tips:
For a complete list of the safe minimum internal temperatures of some of your favorite holiday dishes, as well as information on how to properly use a food thermometer, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.