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How to Avoid Holiday Food Poisoning

Typically, food poisoning is experienced as what we call the “stomach flu”; symptoms include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and usually pass within a day or two.  More severe symptoms of food poisoning include fever and chills, dehydration, and bloody stools; these symptoms can require hospitalization in order to rehydrate the body with intravenous fluids. If you suspect you are suffering from food poisoning and aren’t feeling better within several days, contact your doctor to avoid complications.

If you are the holiday cook this year, here are a few reminders for protecting yourself and your loved ones from food poisoning:

1. Purchase fresh, quality products.

2. Store foods properly.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), meats and poultry should never be unrefrigerated more than 2 hours.

3. Prepare food with clean hands and surfaces.

4. Cook meat and poultry to safe minimum internal temperatures:

  • 145°F degrees F for beef, veal and lamb steaks, roasts and chops.
  • 160°F for pork, ground beef, veal and lamb to 160 °F.
  • 165 °F for poultry.

5. Avoid consuming uncooked eggs in batters (boo, hiss…I know).

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.


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7:54AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:22PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Great article. I have never had holiday food poisoning.

11:04AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you

8:33AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Good reminders.

12:22PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Or I got a better idea, why not just eat vegan pies, vegan meats, and vegan eggnogs and you don't have to worry about any of this crap OR a guilty conscience about horrifying cruelty in slaughterhouses.

8:08PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Ever try fasting through the holiday season.

I made it for a couple of hours once. lol

1:42PM PST on Jan 31, 2011


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12:40PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Thanks for the useful tips.

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