Share Food, Not Illness: Food Safety Tips

Christmas is next week, and cooking up a storm is going to be on the mind of a lot of individuals and families. Handling food in a safe and proper way is vital to helping to minimize your chance of getting a food borne illness. Here are some food safety tips to keep in mind when handling your turkey (or other meat/alternate protein of choice) and other foods during the holidays:


  • Clean and wash food prep surfaces regularly
  • Store foods properly
  • Make sure foods are cooked to correct internal temperature (use an internal thermometer to get an accurate reading).

Working With Food

  • Wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds before working with food, and immediately after handling raw or under cooked items like meat, fish, or eggs
  • Avoid cross contamination by keeping raw meat, fish, or poultry products away from other foods.
  • Clean cutting boards and other food prep equipment regularly that are used to handle multiple types of foods.


  • Refrigerate perishable food within two hours to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Use or freeze fresh poultry, fish or ground meat products within two days, other meats, lamb etc. within three to five days
  • Canned foods are safe to store for a long period of time as long as they are kept in an area not exposed to freezing or temperatures above 90 degrees. Throw away any damaged or dented cans.


  • Poultry products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Ground meats must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees
  • Meat products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees at minimum.


  • Keep hot foods at 140 degrees or warmer
  • Keep cold foods at 40 degrees or colder
  • Do not keep perishable food out for more than 2 hours at room temperature, 1 hour if temperature is above 90 degrees.


  • Use food storage containers to properly store food in refrigerator
  • Eat cooked leftovers within 4 days
  • Make sure food is reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.


If you or a loved one are injured due to a food borne illness, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on food borne illness at our website here for additional information.

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