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When celebrating the holidays, protect yourself and your guests from food-borne illness by keeping bacteria off the guest list. Many people like to invite friends and family over for a holiday feast, so it is important to practice safe food handling techniques when entertaining. “Dinner parties and buffets are always very popular around the holidays — but they can cause an unwanted trip to your doctor’s office or the emergency room if proper food handling is not used,” said Dr. Marc Kobernick, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s chief of staff and a Sharp-affiliated emergency room physician. “Foods that are left out for long periods can be an ideal setting for bacteria to multiply. During this busy time of year, people must remember to take special precautions to keep food safe.”
There are four basic food safety tips to help reduce the risk of food-borne illness:
When preparing buffets and party platters, be sure to practice these steps along with the tips below for a safe and bacteria-free holiday:
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