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Food Experts Warn of Food Borne Illness in Holiday Season

Food Safety Eggs


If you’re like many, the holidays are a time for chowing down. As a matter of fact, hours after the turkey’s been carved, the table is still bustling with conversation and the family is still grazing. While this scenario is all too common, it’s one you might want to think twice about this year. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

According to food experts at the University of Missouri Extension Office, food shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than two hours. After that, food is more likely to start growing the bacteria that can cause food poisoning. It is important to remember that you cannot smell or taste these bacteria.

Cookie dough and eggnog both have raw eggs as an ingredient. The University of Missouri Extension Office says you should avoid eating the raw dough, and to find an eggnog recipe that includes cooked eggs.

You can make sure your turkey leftovers are safe to eat by removing the meat from the bone and placing it in shallow containers in the refrigerator. This allows the meat to cool more quickly, which keeps bacteria from growing. The University of Missouri Extension Office says that same method applies to all food. Holiday foods should be eaten within a couple of days.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.