There are always many opportunities to gather and share food, if it's during the holidays or in between. Whether you eat in someone's home, at work, or at a restaurant, it's important to get educated and be careful about what you eat.

Food poisoning is a frequent occurrence and each year millions of people in the United States get sick from contaminated food. Symptoms of food poisoning may be mild or severe and may include upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration.  

Here are some general precautionary measures:

  • Buffets and the Two-Hour Rule: Perishable foods like meats should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours.  
  • Hot and Cold: Keep Hot Foods HOT and Cold Foods COLD.  
  • Cold foods:  should be held at 40 °F or colder.  
  • Leftovers:  Don’t forget to discard all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, and casseroles left at room temperature longer than 2 hours. 

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