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Lose Harmful Bacteria—Not Your Appetite—This Holiday Season

Posted: November 15th, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

‘Tis the season for family, friends, fun, and . . . food poisoning (ewww). For some unfortunate merrymakers, holiday feasts will start in the dining room and end in the bathroom. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that every year, more than 76 million people fall victim to a foodborne illness.

For those of us who are designated holiday chefs, meal preparation can be tricky; many of us are preparing dishes we don’t usually cook and for large numbers of people. And it doesn’t help that at many celebrations, different types of foods may be left out for extended periods of time or not stored properly. This can allow harmful bacteria to grow.

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Spend the Holidays with Family and Friends, Not the Bathroom

Posted: November 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

As the holidays approach, families and friends across Illinois will make plans to celebrate the season together with a delicious meal. However, a helping of salmonella or staph at the Thanksgiving table can ruin a holiday feast faster than dry turkey or lumpy mashed potatoes. Read more »


Top 5 Unwanted Guests for the Holidays: Common Food Borne Illnesses

Posted: November 24th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The holidays are a time of celebration and joy, connecting and reconnecting with friends and family.  Many gatherings will have an abundance of food. Holiday feasts however, can be tricky; home chefs are often preparing a meal they don’t normally cook, and they’re preparing it for a larger group than usual. For many parties, different types of foods are often out in the open for extended periods of time. This can set the stage for some types of food borne illness (AKA food poisoning).  Read more »


The 4th Brings Forth Some Challenges

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

fireworksTemperatures and grills are hot, bugs are swarming and the sky is a glow with fireworks…it’s the Fourth of July! While the Fourth is usually a time for joyous celebrations, like every holiday, it brings forth its own set of poisoning hazards to adults, children and pets. Before you and yours celebrate America’s birthday, review these tips on staying safe this holiday! Read more »


Best wishes for a food poisoning free holiday season

Posted: December 22nd, 2009 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

How to prevent food poisoning over the holidays:

It is 1a.m., a house full of out-of-town holiday guests and to everyone’s dismay, there is a line for the bathroom as several family members suddenly develop vomiting and diarrhea.  Not the picture of holiday bliss, especially when mom says it was the turkey, or the cream puffs, or maybe it was the left over Chinese food.  Well, maybe your mom wouldn’t start placing blame, but I know mine would. Read more »