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Holiday Party Food Safety Tips

Carol Ann Burtness, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Revised 2011 by author; peer reviewed 2012 by Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety.

Holiday parties and get-togethers usually include food! A popular way to serve food at these gatherings is by buffet where food sits out at a table at room temperature and people "graze". This type of foodservice can contribute to foodborne illness and 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

Any foods created from
ground meat or hamburger
should be cooked to 160 degrees F.

Two-Hour Rule

Keep Hot Food Hot and Cold Food Cold

Leftover Food Safety

Clean Up After Your Party

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