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Food Safety during the Holidays


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 76 million Americans will suffer from a food borne illness at some point during the year. KSMU's Sheena Johnson reports...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 76 million Americans will suffer from a food borne illness at some point during the year. Jaci McReynolds is the Public Information Administrator for the Springfield Greene County Health Department and she explains the common mistakes people make when defrosting a turkey that can cause a food borne illness.

Mc Reynolds says, The Health Department has come up with three steps to follow this holiday season while preparing Holiday food.

McReynolds discusses how proper cleaning and cooking can help prevent an illness.

Some other tips the health department is recommending this holiday season is to put food in the refrigerator as soon as you're finished eating it. It's also important that stuffing and gravy are stored separately from turkey. If stuffing is cooked into a turkey it is also important to separate the stuffing from the turkey as soon as dinner is over. Some common symptoms of a food borne illness are nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. For more information contact the Springfield Green County Health Department at 417-864-1658