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Preparing Safe Meals

Holiday party food safety tips

Carol Ann Burtness

Holiday get-togethers usually include food. Laying food out on a buffet table is a popular way to serve food at these gatherings. But serving food this way can contribute to foodborne illnesses—a bad way to start the New Year! To protect your guests from foodborne illnesses, follow these tips:

Keep hands, kitchen, dishes and utensils clean

Cook food thoroughly

Serving tips

Recipes using ground meat or hamburger
should be cooked to 160°F.

Two-Hour Rule

Keep hot food hot and cold food cold

Leftover food safety

Clean up after your party


Revised by Suzanne Driessen 2016

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