With Thanksgiving fast-approaching, public health groups are ramping up public outreach focused on how holiday cooks can safely select, handle, and prepare turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pies for their family and friends.

Yesterday, Consumer Reports hosted a live chat on their Consumer Reports Safety Blog with the team’s resident food safety expert to discuss safe holiday food preparation. The discussion focused on how to read those pesky labels, like “all natural,” or “free range,” when selecting your bird, how to handle raw meat and poultry, and then also answered food safety questions from the public as they rolled in. The entire chat can be viewed here:

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been busy reaching out to the public as well. In addition to lots of food safety activity from the agency’s twitter account, the USDA held its first ever live video Facebook chat on Thanksgiving food safety last week. The chat, which was facilitated by USDA’s director of new media, Amanda Eamich, featured USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) food safety expert Diane Van. Van took questions, via facebook, from viewers watching the discussion, see the video here: