How to avoid serving food poisoning this Thanksgiving.

Food Safety Experts Share The Biggest Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes

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Food safety experts remind us to slow down and really take our time preparing our Thanksgiving turkey this year to avoid serving a foodborne illness at the table.

Some of the biggest turkey mistakes Americans make include:Wash Hands Illustration Sticker by Carolynn

Not washing your hands before and numerous times while preparing your bird.

Thanks Giving Sticker by Old Sole DesignsThawing your turkey anywhere but in the refrigerator. Bacteria and pathogens grow alarmingly at room temperature, so let your fridge slowly thaw your bird.

Allowing turkey juices to drip into your fridge.  Avoid cross-contamination by setting your bird in a pan first.Turkey Dancing GIF

Washing your turkey, which can also lead to cross-contamination.

Stuffing the bird.  It’s safer to cook your stuffing outside of the turkey.

Cooking a frozen turkey.  By the time it reaches a safe temperature, it’s overcooked.

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Not using a meat thermometer.

The last thing you want to do is put anyone at risk of getting a foodborne illness, but it happens.