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6 food safety tips for a safe thanksgiving
North Dakota Ag Connection - 11/17/2023

As Thanksgiving approaches, a time for large family meals and gatherings, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) stresses the importance of proper food handling and preparation. With about one in six Americans affected by foodborne diseases annually, these practices are crucial for a healthy holiday season. Expert Advice on Food Safety

Slate Boyer, an HHS epidemiologist, underscores the need for basic food safety, particularly when preparing turkey and other holiday dishes. To aid North Dakotans in staying healthy, HHS offers these essential tips:

1. Hand Washing: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and clean, running water for at least 20 seconds before, during, and after food preparation, and before eating.

2. Kitchen Hygiene: Clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water, especially after contact with raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.

3. Prevent Cross-Contamination: Keep raw meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and other foods separate to avoid cross-contamination.

4. Proper Cooking: Use a food thermometer to ensure foods reach safe internal temperatures. Check guidelines at for specific temperature recommendations.

5. Safe Food Storage: Avoid leaving food out at room temperature for extended periods. Never leave food unrefrigerated for over two hours, as detailed at

6. Careful Thawing: Practice safe thawing methods for turkeys, including refrigeration, cold water thawing with regular water changes, or microwave thawing. Avoid countertop thawing.

Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. HHS advises seeking medical attention for signs of severe illness, such as high fever or dehydration.

For more information on food safety or to report potential foodborne illnesses, contact HHS Disease Control and Forensic Pathology Section at 701-328-3278 or visit there webpage. North Dakotans can also find assistance with food, home heating costs, and behavioral health needs at the HHS website.

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