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How can the holiday turkey be dangerous to my health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Turkey, a staple at many holiday tables, can harbor the dreadful-sounding Campylobacter jejuni, a species of bacteria that loves nothing more than to fowl up your holiday centerpiece. It can cause serious belly pain, even a week after you've pushed your chair away from the table. Keep these bacteria from showing up at the party by thawing the turkey in the refrigerator and then cooking it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The only safe way to check for doneness is to use a meat thermometer. Make sure to clean the thermometer thoroughly between each testing (otherwise, you risk recontamination).
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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