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Turkey and Food Safety

Do not stuff the turkey until you are ready to cook it


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Turkey and Food Safety

The biggest danger from turkey or any poultry comes from Salmonella bacteria which is present on 90% of all poultry. It is important to handle turkey with caution, taking care not to cross-contaminate cooking surfaces and utensils.

Never eat any poultry in its raw state. Be sure to thoroughly clean all surfaces, utensils and hands with hot soapy water and preferably also a mild bleach solution after handling raw poultry and even cooked poultry.

Do not stuff the bird until you are ready to put it in the oven.

Turkey should be cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. and stuffing should be 165 degrees F. Test with an instant-read thermometer between the thigh and breast and also in the center of the stuffing.

Let turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving. Promptly refrigerate leftovers.

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