New Food Safety Infosheet: First U.S. Thanksgiving edition

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the changing leaves, the crisp weather and all the food. Growing up, my family’s feast rotated between my grandparents’ houses and ours; it was a pretty cool time to explore their towns and spend some quality family time. During my university years, Thanksgiving (celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada) marked the first trip home after the start of the fall semester and a fun time to hang out with high school friends and take advantage of up to four turkey dinners. Once I hit university, I also started to celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving, especially partaking in the Thursday and Friday afternoon football-viewing.

This year marks our first in the U.S. and I’m excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with the locals. We’ve been invited to participate in a traditional U.S. Thanksgiving (turkey, all the fixin’s, football) with our friends Julia and Ship (a foodie who doubles as my main man at NC State News Services) and their kids.

Thanksgiving dinner does come with some food safety risks. Trying to pull off multiple dishes; thawing, preparing and cooking a 20lb+ bird; and, putting it all in the fridge for leftovers makes for a complicated day.

To help out with some tips on how to avoid foodborne illness at Thanksgiving and during the holiday season, we’ve pulled together this week’s food safety infosheet, focusing on turkey, downloadable here.

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.