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Fowl Behavior

Posted by Living Well Team on Nov 23, 2016 1:05:06 PM

This Thanksgiving, many Americans will commit fouls while handling fowl, according to a recent study of raw poultry protocol.

The study showed that fewer than two-thirds of consumers have a food thermometer and less than one in 10 of those have used them. Meanwhile, researchers also discovered that nearly seven in 10 consumers wash or rinse raw poultry—a no-no because splashed, contaminated water may spread salmonella and other bacteria.


Follow these guidelines for proper food safety:

  • Cook or freeze fresh poultry within two days.
  • Thaw frozen poultry in the refrigerator, ensuring juices do not drip or cross-contaminate other food.
  • After cutting raw poultry, wash the cutting board, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water. 
  • Cook poultry to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

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