Thanksgiving 2019

Prevent illness by implementing good food handling and storage practices

From the Florida Department of Health in Orange County

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages Floridians to keep food safe by practicing basic food safety measures while preparing meals this Thanksgiving.

Many of the reported cases of foodborne illness are caused by bacteria or by the toxins produced by bacteria. Bacteria multiply extremely fast when food is kept at an unsafe temperature (above 41 and below 140 degrees Fahrenheit).

The department recommends the following for reducing the chances of food contamination.

  • Clean.Wash hands, utensils and surfaces before and after food preparation, especially after preparing meat, poultry, eggs or seafood. Be sure to keep all countertops and work areas clean with hot, soapy water;
  • Cook to Proper Temperature. Read the cooking directions on packaging before preparing. The safest thawing method is in the refrigerator at 40 degrees. Make sure the food is cooked at the proper internal temperature and check for doneness with a food thermometer;
  • Chill – Refrigerate Properly. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared food, and leftovers within two hours. Make sure the refrigerator is set at no higher than 40 degrees and the freezer is set at 0 degrees; and
  • Separate – Don’t cross-contaminate. Keep raw meats, poultry, eggs and seafood, and their juices away from ready to eat food. It is recommended that leftovers be heated to 165 degrees.

For more information on how to keep your family safe from foodborne-illness this holiday season, visit

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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  1. I watched the Pendas Law Firm give out all those Butterball Turkeys to the community in Orlando the other day on tv, I think it was on Tuesday, and I thought to myself, OMG, those turkeys are fully frozen, and they were big, so I thought, are they even going to have time to thaw those big birds out to cook, and serve on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day? It takes a lot of time for them to thaw when they are that big and solidly frozen! I know that from experience. Oh well….today on tv, they were giving turkey cooking tips, and telling about how long it takes for them to thaw out, days and days, and then they started telling about some people who have tried thawing them in unconventional ways. One placed their frozen turkey in the hot tub water, OMG. Another wrapped an electric blanket around their frozen turkey, and turned it up on high, OMG…..They must be from Flor-duh! LOL Happy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow everybody! I made a last minute dash to Winn-Dixie tonight, just had to get some cranberry relish, made with tiny apple bits, and orange peel, and probably lots of sugar, not sure, as theirs does not list the nutritional info on the containers, from the deli. That’s good, I won’t worry needlessly about sugar content! I love that cranberry relish!


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