Food Safety Tips to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

A beautiful, cooked turkey sits in the center of the table amidst of Thanksgiving dishes like stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Whether you’re a pro at hosting the Thanksgiving meal or this will be your very first time, it’s important to follow and practice food safety tips, especially when any type of raw meat is involved.

Oakland County Health Division put together a helpful list of safety tips that includes cleaning, separating, cooking, and chilling your food. We added a special section from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that tackles one of our Thanksgiving favorites: stuffing!

Read through the tips beforehand to get an idea of what to expect as you’ll be preparing your feast. Jot down some notes as you begin to think about what serving pieces and how many cutting boards you’ll need, your counter space arrangement, how many items need to go in the oven, etc. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2016

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Family, food and football all make the day a special one. Take a look at the list of tips we’ve gathered to help your day run smooth and safe.

Thaw the Turkey

  • For every 4-5 lbs. of turkey, it takes 24 hours to thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Cold water thawing takes about 30 minutes per pound.
  • Microwave thaw – follow microwave manufacturers direction, cook immediately.

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Halloween Health and Safety Tips from the CDC

 Check out these helpful Halloween Health & Safety Tips from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We know our Oakland County Trick-or-Treaters will find this very useful!

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?
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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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