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Food safety officials stress the safe handling of raw turkey



MINNEAPOLIS – Those responsible for food safety emphasize the importance of proper handling and cooking practices during a nationwide outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella found in raw turkey as Thanksgiving approaches.

The Centers for Disease Control (last week) reported the number of reported diseases have nearly doubled to 164 since July. Minnesota has the most cases at 16. In California, a death has been reported linked to rotten turkey.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the USDA has not identified the suppliers with the spoiled meat or identified a single, common source.

According to the authorities, consumers should always wash their hands and all surface areas where turkey is prepared, wash them, never thaw them on the counter and use a meat thermometer to cook to an internal temperature of 1

65 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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