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Why is it dangerous to pass around plates during a holiday meal?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You don't have to eat everything in front of you, but if you're hosting, you should serve each person his own plate already filled with the works. Passing plates around the table just gives everyone the opportunity to share viruses and bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, which can fell you with diarrhea for several days. Keep platters in the oven until you're ready to serve them.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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