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Mother, son sue eatery for Thanksgiving dinner food poisoning

A mother and her son who were among the 260 people sickened by bacteria-contaminated food served by the Golden Ponds Restaurant & Party House are suing for their injuries and damages. Attorneys Paul V. Nunes of Rochester, NY, and Bill Marler of Seattle filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Natalie Woods and her son Connor Wynn… Continue Reading

CDC identifies bacteria that killed 3 who ate church meal

A Thanksgiving Day meal served by a church group in Antioch, CA, that killed three people was evidently contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. “Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of… Continue Reading

Case count at 260 in outbreak tied to restaurant in upstate NY

A restaurant in a suburb of Rochester, NY, that was closed by health officials the day after Thanksgiving because of reports of illnesses is now thought to have sickened more than 260 people on the holiday. Golden Ponds Restaurant in the Rochester suburb of Greece, NY, is believed to have served 800 to 1,100 meals… Continue Reading

Get stuffed — just use a thermometer before you unstuff

Contributed

Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News.  As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through December. I enjoy spending a day planning and shopping for an event-style meal and then another… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget Food Safety When Preparing for Thanksgiving

As you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, remember the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and chill. Don’t risk making any loved ones sick with a foodborne illness! Clean: Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds throughout the cooking process, especially before handling food and after handling… Continue Reading

Safely Thawing a Thanksgiving Turkey Takes Planning

If you’re defrosting a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to start now. There are only three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave. Be sure to plan ahead because birds thawed in cold water or in the microwave will have to be cooked immediately. And,… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Keep Your Family Safe Through the Holidays

For some, the biggest benefit of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. That’s especially true for the cooks of the family, who know that the leftovers from Thursday’s dinner will give them a break from the kitchen on Friday. But before you dig in to the refrigerated turkey and mashed potatoes, consider some food safety advice from… Continue Reading

‘Turkey Day’ and an Expression of Gratitude

Opinion

(This commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, originally appeared in the Alliance’s Friday Update of Nov. 21, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) Thanksgiving is a traditional time to focus on the good things for which we are grateful. FDA is near the top of my… Continue Reading

Consumers Urged to Go Antibiotic-Free With Their Thanksgiving Turkey

Public health advocates are calling on consumers to go antibiotic-free with their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Earlier this week, the Pew Charitable Trusts posted its three reasons to buy a Thanksgiving turkey raised without antibiotics — the main one being that consumers can influence food producers to curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock raised for… Continue Reading

Don’t Rinse Your Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Despite what Julia Child might have told us during the height of her authority on all things related to home cooking, we should not be washing our raw poultry — especially not in the kitchen sink. To ensure your family enjoys Thanksgiving without any gastrointestinal interruptions, Food Safety News has compiled a guide to Thanksgiving food… Continue Reading