The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! As you plan your holiday dinner please keep these safety tips in mind.
Oftentimes, the best part about the holidays is spending time with family ... and eating of course! Make sure your family and friends leave your home with full bellies, not food poisoning.
Food poisoning is generally a mild illness that usually occurs two to six hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Depending on the exact type of food poisoning, how your body reacts to the toxin and the amount of contaminated food that was eaten, symptoms may last from several hours to two or three days.
Experts at the Texas Poison Center Network offer the following recommendations to prevent food poisonings:
To ensure leftovers will be just as good the next day, properly seal and store food in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Leaving perishable foods, such as meats and dairy products, out longer than two hours significantly increases the risk of food poisoning. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Wash hands with soap and warm running water for at least 15 to 20 seconds before preparing any foods and especially after handling raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
- Keep preparation and storage areas clean; this includes countertops, stovetops and refrigerators.
- Wash utensils between each use. Never reuse utensils; this is a source of contamination.
- Do not defrost meat or poultry on the counter at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator or microwave instead.
- Use a meat thermometer to confirm that meat, pork and poultry are properly cooked. Click here to learn more about proper temperatures.
- Do not prepare food if you are sick or have any type of nose or eye infection.
- Store raw food below cooked food in the refrigerator so raw food cannot drip into cooked food and contaminate it.
- Use separate cutting boards for meats, poultry and fish.
If you have questions about food poisoning or any other poison exposure, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for free, expert advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This article has been provided by the courtesy of the Texas Poison Center