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Potentially Dangerous Holiday Foods

Getting sick in general is never fun. Falling ill from food, especially when it could have easily been prevented, can be worse. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s best to know which common holiday foods could potentially put you at risk.

Chicken Liver Paté
Hosts often choose this as an “easy” option to serve, however, it is responsible for a rise in food poisoning. Thanks to celebrity chefs, more and more people are leaving it pink in the middle.

Campylobacter is a common cause of bacterial food poisoning, and about 80% of these cases stem from undercooking liver paté. Symptoms of this type of food poisoning include diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever, and in severe cases, paralysis and even death.

Listeria could be lurking in your cheeses, and unfortunately, symptoms mimic those of the flu. Severe cases can lead to meningitis and septicemia. In pregnant women, the bacteria can cause miscarriage or may be passed on to the unborn baby.

Although odds have drastically decreased over the years, there is still a chance you may get salmonella from eggs. And eggnog, as the name suggests, gets its frothiness from eggs. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting and fever (with severe cases resulting in septicemia and peritonitis).

Choose eggs with the red lion mark, which indicate they are from vaccinated eggs, and cook your eggnog to 106°F/71°C to kill off the bug.

You want to cook this properly, taking the appropriate measures to defrost, prep and cook the bird. Avoid washing the turkey as it can spread bacteria around the kitchen, and consider cooking your stuffing in a separate tin to decrease the risk for foodborne illness.

Be sure that your turkey is cooked thoroughly by checking the internal temperature throughout and in the thickest part. The standard safe internal temperature for turkey is 165°F and there should be no pink in the meat.

Christmas Pudding
Traditionally, a silver sixpence is stirred into the Christmas pudding mix. The finder is believed to meet wealth and good luck in the year to come. Over the years, the tradition has slowly declined and all but disappeared. But, as a person may choke on the sixpence, it is likely a good thing that the tradition has faded away.

If not stored properly and eaten within a set amount of time, your delicious leftovers could make you sick. Try to avoid leaving food out for longer than 2 hours and be sure to eat your leftovers in a timely fashion. If you do not plan on finishing your turkey within two days of cooking, your best bet is to send it home with guests or to freeze it.

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