Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Epidemiologist Offers Food Safety Tips For The Holidays

Date:
November 27, 2003
Source:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Summary:
While Thanksgiving traditionally begins the holiday season, it may be tough to enjoy the festivities if you or someone in your family comes down with a case of food poisoning.

While Thanksgiving traditionally begins the holiday season, it may be tough to enjoy the festivities if you or someone in your family comes down with a case of food poisoning.

Related Articles


According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in the United States. Among these cases, more than 300,000 people will need hospitalization and 5,000 will die.

“During holiday food preparations, it’s easy with so much cooking to do, to get distracted and forget to take precautions when it comes to food-safety,” said Rekha Murthy, M.D., Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “It’s important to keep surfaces that have come in contact with uncooked meat sanitized and to wash and cook the meat thoroughly.”

To ensure a holiday meal that is fun and safe for everyone, the Department of Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers the following tips:

1. Do not cook stuffing inside turkey; prepare it separately to avoid cross contamination from raw or under-cooked meat. Insert thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey, between thigh and breast, and make sure that it reads 180 F.

2. Frozen turkeys should be defrosted in the refrigerator.

3. Refrigerate all left-overs as soon as possible and leave at room temperature no longer than two hours. Food should be re-heated to 180 F and ice should be added hourly to the cold food, unless it is returned to the refrigerator. Make sure to use thermometer to check temperature of all foods.

4. If you are ill while preparing food, be sure to wash hands thoroughly before and after handling food to protect friends and family that will eat your delicious holiday meal.

5. Clean all surfaces that are exposed to meat thoroughly, with a disinfectant type of soap and water.

6. Thoroughly clean out the inside of your refrigerator with disinfectants every six months, regularly throwing away all foods that smell bad and/or have changed color consistency.

7. Always check the sell-by and expiration dates before purchasing groceries. The sell-by date is the last date the product should be purchased. The expiration date is the last date the product should be consumed.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest non-profit academic medical centers in the Western United States. For the fifth straight two-year period, Cedars-Sinai has been named Southern California’s gold standard in health care in an independent survey. Cedars-Sinai is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities and its broad spectrum of programs and services, as well as breakthrough in biomedical research and superlative medical education. Named one of the 100 “Most Wired” hospitals in health care in 2001, the Medical Center ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals in the nation for its research activities.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Epidemiologist Offers Food Safety Tips For The Holidays." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 November 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125072926.htm>.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (2003, November 27). Epidemiologist Offers Food Safety Tips For The Holidays. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125072926.htm
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Epidemiologist Offers Food Safety Tips For The Holidays." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125072926.htm (accessed January 30, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Plants & Animals News

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Nanoscale Sensor Could Help Wine Producers and Clinical Scientists

Nanoscale Sensor Could Help Wine Producers and Clinical Scientists

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 30, 2015) A nanosensor that mimics the oral effects and sensations of drinking wine has been developed by Danish and Portuguese researchers. Jim Drury saw it in operation. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dog-Loving Astronaut Wins Best Photo of 2015

Dog-Loving Astronaut Wins Best Photo of 2015

Buzz60 (Jan. 30, 2015) Retired astronaut and television host, Leland Melvin, snuck his dogs into the NASA studio so they could be in his official photo. As Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) shows us, the secret is out. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Wants to Analyze DNA from 1 Million People

U.S. Wants to Analyze DNA from 1 Million People

Reuters - US Online Video (Jan. 30, 2015) The U.S. has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers to learn how genetic variants affect health and disease. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Rarest Cat on Planet Caught Attacking Monkeys on Camera

Rarest Cat on Planet Caught Attacking Monkeys on Camera

Buzz60 (Jan. 30, 2015) An African Golden Cat, the rarest large cat on the planet was recently caught on camera by scientists trying to study monkeys. The cat comes out of nowhere to attack those monkeys. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins