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Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

Cook. Chill. Don’t Get Ill.

Missed the 2016 CDC holiday food safety Twitter chat? Check it out by searching Twitter using #CDCFoodChat. Need more information on preparing food for parties and buffets? Read our feature, Food Safety Tips for the Holidays.

Holiday foods can create lasting memories. On December 7, CDC held a lively Twitter chat with food safety experts and guest foodies who shared tips on planning and preparing holidays 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. 

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: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
  • Are you a host or a guest? Either way—keep food safe when serving and transporting. Learn the best ways to keep your cool and keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold while going to holiday gatherings. Refresh yourself on the two-hour rule to keep germs out of your buffet.
  • Problem foods. Certain foods come with a higher risk of food poisoning than others. Learn which foods have the potential to make you toss your cookies if they aren't prepared properly!
  • Enjoy the leftovers. The party can live on if your guests take a doggie bag to go, but don’t give your guests doggie bags with germs! Learn how to store leftover goodies and how long is too long to keep leftovers in the fridge.

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