Dec 19, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


The holidays are a festive time—unless you’re stuck at home, sick with food poisoning. More than 48 million Americans—one in six people—get food poisoning each year, often due to eating food that sat out too long. “Many people just assume that if food is left out on the table at a holiday party that it’s safe to eat,” says Jamie Saunders, MS, a registered dietitian at University of Utah Health. “But that’s not true.” Before you return for another round of snacks late into your next party, heed this warning: 

Additional Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

“If you’re preparing foods, also make sure to wash your hands and utensils often and keep raw foods away from ready-to-eat items,” Saunders says. “And always cook foods to a safe temperature.” 

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