Holiday Food= Risks for Poisoning

As the holiday season unfolds, more people are coming down with the stomach flu. While it is common to think that it’s a seasonal bug, it may actually be a case of food poisoning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. 

The reason behind the food poisoning may be due to the increased handling of food. More food may lead to mishandling through improper cleaning, defrosting and cooking techniques. Storing leftovers may also pose a problem if there isn’t enough room in the fridge, in which storing food in a cooler is a great option–just make sure the cooler constantly stays cool enough for food to not spoil. During a holiday, it isn’t ideal to leave food out on a table for risk of bacteria growing on the food. Leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of a meal.

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