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Spend the Holidays with Family and Friends, Not the Bathroom

Posted: November 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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 »


The IPC: A few things to be thankful for!

Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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It is that time of year where friends and family come together to share a very special holiday: Thanksgiving.  As you are celebrating this wonderful time of the year, take a little time out to reflect on the value of the services that IPC provides you year around. Read more »


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Disasters

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

If you are a regular reader of IPC’s blog, you know that we can get some pretty wild calls.  In honor of T-day 2011, here are some of the most bizarre food-related Thanksgiving calls our staff has gotten over the years.

Jessica S, PIP*

The most memorable Thanksgiving call that sticks out in my head was about 10-11 years ago from a woman who simply asked, “Is it safe to eat a turkey that is playing jingle bells?” As the family sat down to their Thanksgiving meal, everyone began looking around asking each other, ‘where is that music coming from?’   Read more »


Food Poisoning? Or Poisoned Food?

Posted: November 23rd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

By Carol

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so this week’s blog will focus on what’s really important this time of year:  Food!  We’ve already written about food poisoning, so this time let’s talk about poisoned food.  If you’ve read or heard any of  the IPC’s poison prevention tips, then you know some of the most important ones are:

  • Do not store cleaning products or chemicals near food
  • Keep chemicals, cleaners and other products in their original containers

Failure to heed this sage advice has resulted in some very unpleasant mealtimes for some of our callers over the years.  Below are all true stories of cases the IPC has managed regarding accidentally poisoned food.  Read these, and then do a once-over of your pantry to make sure you don’t have an accidental poisoning waiting to happen. Read more »