Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
The City of Amarillo’s Environmental Health Department encourages everyone to take a few precautions in food preparation to increase the chances of the Thanksgiving holiday ending with nothing but great memories.
To ensure friends and family can enjoy the holiday without a food-borne illness, follow these tips to help keep the food safe from bacterial growth:
- Thaw your turkey one of three ways: In the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave just prior to cooking.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after handling raw products, and as often as necessary.
- Thoroughly cook all food items, especially turkey to an internal temperature of at least 165 F.
- Keep all raw foods away from ready to eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.
- Refrigerate all uneaten leftovers within two hours of service and discard after seven days.
On a related note, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local regulatory officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. The CDC is advising that U.S. customers, restaurants and retailers not consume any romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine until further information is available. If you have any romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine, below is the recommended action:
- Discard recalled romaine lettuce or mixed lettuce containing romaine.
- Empty your refrigerator.
- Wash all cleanable parts with warm soapy water.
- Wipe all cleanable parts with clean water to remove soap.
- Dry with a clean towel.
- Disinfect with 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach per gallon of water.
- Return all items back to refrigerator.
- Don’t forget to wash your hands.
For more information contact City of Amarillo Communications Manager Dave Henry at (806) 378-5219 or by email at David.Henry@amarillo.gov.