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Health officials urge holiday food safety

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  We're inching closer to another big holiday meal. If you don't handle your uncooked food and leftovers, your family may remember Christmas dinner for all the wrong reasons.

Dougherty County's Environmental Health Director says you should thaw meet in the refrigerator or under cold running water - not at room temperature.

Health Director Jim Pericaud says a good thermometer is also a good investment to make sure your turkey is cooked at the proper temperature which is 165 degrees in the center of the bird.

"After a big meal, refrigerate as much as possible and it's always better to take care of the food first before doing any other activities," Pericaud said.

After your turkey is cooked, you shouldn't keep it out for longer than two hours. Get the leftovers in the refrigerator quickly. 


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