|Avoid illness during holidays by safely handling, cooking food|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reminding Coloradans to keep their families safe from foodborne illness this holiday season by using proper food handling and preparation tips.
“The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family, and food is typically a major part of the celebration,” said Therese Pilonetti of the department’s Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. “However, foodborne illness is the one unwelcome guest to avoid during the holidays.”
To prevent foodborne illness, Pilonetti suggests the following.
Keep everything clean
—Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. Kids can sing “Happy Birthday” twice to gauge how long they should wash their hands.
—Wash food contact surfaces such as cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before going on to the next item.
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