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Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely

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(HealthDay News) -- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor -- the turkey. offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions:

  • If you'll serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.
  • On the other hand. frozen turkey needs time to thaw properly in the refrigerator.
  • Rely on a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the turkey is stored at 40 degrees F.
  • Use a food thermometer to check that the cooking temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

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