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DOH-Volusia Warns Residents About Importance Of Holiday Food Safety

By on November 13, 2017 in WNDB News

Volusia County, FL – With the holidays right around the corner, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is reminding residents to be mindful of food safety procedures.

According to DOH-Volusia, 1 in 6 people in the U.S. contract foodborne illness every year. In order to ensure a safe holiday for you and your family, DOH-Volusia recommends that you:

  • Refrain from preparing food if you are vomiting or have diarrhea.
  • Always refrigerate perishable food and keep your refrigerator below 40°F.
  • Transport food cold to limit bacterial growth.
  • Put food from the refrigerator into the cooler right before leaving home.
  • Cook in a clean area and periodically wash hands, cutting boards, utensils, and countertops.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after touching food.
  • Keep raw meat and other food separate.
  • Utilize a food thermometer to make sure food is at a safe internal temperature.
  • Store leftovers in small portions and refrigerate within 2 hours.
  • Throw away perishable food that has been left out after two hours.
  • Heat leftovers to  165°F and have them sit out for a couple of minutes to allow the heat to kill bacteria.

For additional information of food safety during the holidays, head to foodsafety.gov.

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