West Palm Beach food injury lawyer, Susan Ramsey, a food injury attorney alerts turkey prep safety. Thanksgiving Day may bring food poisoning with holiday cheer
Food Safety and Inspection Service(FSIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) www.fsis.usda.gov/ reports Salmonella bacteria lives in the intestinal track of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Salmonella present on raw meat and poultry (chicken and turkey) could survive if the product is not cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature, as measured with a food thermometer. Salmonella can also cause food-borne illness (salmonellosis) through cross-contamination, e.g., when juices from raw meat or poultry contact with ready-to-eat foods, such as salads.
November 25, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Assertive Palm Beach County Salmonella injury attorney, Susan B. Ramsey with the West Palm Beach, Florida injury law firm of Gary Roberts & Associates, asserts Thanksgiving Day cooking may also bring Salmonella food poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), www.cdc.gov/ salmonella bacteria causes approximately 1.4 million cases of food-borne illness and more than 500 deaths annually in the United States. The Surveillance Report from the Food Diseases Active Surveillance (FoodNet) for 2004, identified Salmonella as the most common bacterial infection reported.
Concerned South Florida Salmonella food poisoning injury attorney, Ramsey, states turkey dinner is two days away and it’s important to observe the following with Thanksgiving Day turkey preparation.
-Thaw the turkey completely. (20-pound turkey needs two to three days to
thaw completely in the refrigerator at a temperature of no more than 40
-Allow the whole turkey to cook completely (Stuffed turkey needs 4 ¼ to 5
¾ hours to cook completely).
-Test turkey with a food thermometer (165-180 degrees Fahrenheit)
Insistent West Palm Beach food injury attorney, Ramsey, urges American consumers to ensure a happy and safe holiday free from Salmonella food-borne illness by following the above turkey preparation tips. Restaurants, grocers, and turkey farmers are required to follow strict government health and law standards and guidelines for turkey preparation, handling and farming. Salmonella food poisoning from improper production, handling and preparing of poultry can cause innocent U.S. consumers injury and damages. These injuries can cause hospitalization and even death.
Media Contact: Susan B. Ramsey, a West Palm Beach, FL personal injury attorney (561) 686-1800 [email protected]
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