Thanksgiving Safety Tips From The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department ( DON’T WASH YOUR TURKEY)

Thanksgiving Safety Tips From The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department ( DON’T WASH YOUR TURKEY)

As you get ready to prepare your turkey for tomorrow, the Lincoln- Lancaster County Health Department is warning the public to take note of USDA report telling people to not wash their birds before cooking.

Disease Prevention Specialist Justin Daniel tells KLIN News washing your turkey before cooking is a recipe for spreading diseases like salmonella.

“If you set it on the counter to wash it, or if you put it in a sink to wash it, you’re just basically going to spread that bacteria throughout the kitchen,” according to Daniel.

Other healthy habits to keep in mind this Thanksgiving include:

A) Washing your hands before and after handling raw meat

B) Making sure you’re turkey has an internal temperature of at least 160 Degrees fahrenheit

c) Not letting leftovers sit on the table for more than two hours