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Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

Make a list. Check it twice. Food safety experts share tips for healthy holiday meals.

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Holiday foods can create lasting memories. Join us for a lively Twitter chat with food safety experts, celebrity chefs, and guest foodies who'll share tips on planning and preparing holiday meals that are safe, healthy, and worth remembering.

What do successful party givers, seasoned home cooks, and culinary professionals have in common? They focus on the entire food experience—starting with the planning and preparation. This year, spend an hour learning and sharing tips and techniques for memorable holiday dining. Then, make your list and check it twice.

Chat Topics

  • Prepare for your holiday meal—from the grocery store to your cutting board. Learn how to be the host of the season by practicing safe and healthy food preparation. Remember these simple steps [PDF - 1 page]: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
  • Cook for your holiday meal—meat, eggs, veggies, oh my! Raw cookie dough and some eggnog recipes are yummy holiday treats that may contain raw eggs. But, eating and drinking raw eggs can lead to food poisoning. Learn about this, other foods and germs, and what’s fact and fiction.
  • Serve your guests. Make sure you don’t make your holiday party ground zero for an outbreak! Stay clear of “Buffet Bandits”—food hazards that can rob your holiday of enjoyment.
  • Enjoy the leftovers. The party’s still going if your guests can take a doggie bag to go. Learn how to store leftover goodies and how long is too long to keep foods unrefrigerated.


Special guests:


Before the Twitter Chat, Test Your Food Safety Knowledge

  1. Outbreaks caused by which pathogen typically peak following Thanksgiving?
  2. What safe minimum internal temperature is recommended for cooking turkey?
  3. No one wants to spend Christmas running to the bathroom because the ham was bad. Once cooked, what temperature should you keep hot food at or above (all temperatures in °F)?
  4. Mmmm…leftovers.  How long can you safely freeze turkey leftovers? (Pieces, not whole turkey.)
  5. Which U.S. president reportedly died from food poisoning? Bonus: What food reportedly was implicated?

More Information


Food Safety Quiz Answers: 1. C. perfringens; 2. 165oF; 3. 140°F; 4. 4-6 months; 5. Zachary Taylor, cherries and milk

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