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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Weigh In - Holiday Food Safety

A few years back, a coworker consulted the dietitians about food safety.  It was a few days before Thanksgiving.  Everyone was coming to her place for turkey dinner.  She'd bought a frozen turkey on sale a week ago, and had been riding around with it in the trunk of her car ever since! 

Had this occured in the depths of winter, that would have been one thing.  But we'd had a week of unseasonably warm (50-60 degrees) weather when she posed the question.  She insisted it was OK because the nights are so cold.  Upon questioning her further, we learned that she parked in a heated garage.

It took all four of us to finally convince her to get rid of the turkey she had, and to go get a new (non-temperature-abused) bird.  Of course, she wanted to thaw the new one on the kitchen counter...

She ultimately took our sage advice to heart and no one was sickened on Thanksgiving.  Now that's something to be thankful for!

For complete holiday food safety information see:,0,1110610.story

1 comment:

Karen S said...

This reminded me of a friend who won a frozen turkey and because she didn't have room in her freezer, she stored it out on the apartment balcony for a couple of weeks. It was pretty warm that winter and I was so happy when she finally decided to throw it away. Yikes! I can't imagine eating something like that!