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Dec 26, 2015 11:13 AM

Playing it safe with holiday leftovers

Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious leftovers. But no one wants to get sick from food poisoning.

Here are a few food safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Don't let food sit out longer than two hours.
  • Store food in airtight containers because air fuels bacteria.
  • Keep the temperature of the refrigerator below 40 degrees. Get a thermometer if the fridge doesn't have one.
  • When re-heating food, especially meats, bring the inside temperature to the same level as when it was cooked. Poultry, for example, should be heated to at least 165 degrees.
  • Eat the leftovers within three or four days.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

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