Is this your first time preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings? Have you cooked Thanksgiving meals before? The Trumbull-Monroe Health District knows that getting the turkey and all its side dishes done safely requires careful planning and attention to detail, from preparation to clean-up. Preventing the growth of dangerous microorganisms and their toxins in foods are the key to reducing the millions of foodborne illnesses and thousands of deaths that occur each year.
One of the best sources of information about food safety is the Meat and Poultry Hotline of the US Department of Agriculture. Each year about this time the hotline is flooded with questions about how to safely prepare a Thanksgiving turkey — an indication of just how nervous many consumers are about foodborne illnesses.