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Holiday Food Safety

Posted by koehler | November 5, 2018


Let’s Talk Turkey

Start with safely thawing your frozen turkey from

Is it safe to wash your turkey? USDA recommends that you don’t wash raw poultry before cooking.

Tips for handling turkey safely from USDA

The link above includes information about thawing and roasting turkey safely. US Department of Agriculture is available with information about food safety (in English and Spanish). Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), 10 AM – 6 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or E-mail:

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FSIS’ automated response system can provide food safety information 24/7 and a live chat during Hotline hours. Mobile phone users can access

Turkey Talk-Line information:

The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open annually in November and December. Available hours vary by date, so check the web site before calling. Phone number: 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372) or connect online at: .