Food Safety for Special Events, Seasons, and Holidays

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COVID-19 and Special Events

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage handwashing, wear a mask, and avoid sharing utensils during events and gatherings. Get answers to other questions about COVID-19 and food.

Make food safety a part of your party, holiday or event plans.  Follow these tips to stay healthy while cooking for parties and during special events and holiday celebrations.

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Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Follow these steps for a safe and enjoyable grilling season.

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Use these tools and tips to help prevent food poisoning every time you prepare food in the kitchen.

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Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.

game day wings

Tackling a buffet at your game day gathering? Practice these game rules and keep the runs on the field.

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Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

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Raw dough can contain bacteria that can make you sick. Follow these safety tips when handling raw dough or batter.

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Chitlins are a traditional Southern food served during winter holidays. If you’re getting ready to cook chitlins, sometimes called chitterlings, it’s important to handle and cook these pork intestines the right way.

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Follow these tips to help you safely prepare your next holiday turkey meal.