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USDA Food Safety offers resources for Thanksgiving troubles
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WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece – the turkey – is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise.
 “Unsafe handling and undercooking of your turkey can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said USDA food safety spokesman Al Almanza. “USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a variety of food safety resources to help with any questions related to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, including our Meat and Poultry Hotline that will be staffed will helpful experts on Thanksgiving Day.”  
 Cooking Turkey like a PRO: This Thanksgiving more than 46 million turkeys will be eaten. Trying to figure out when the turkey is done is often the hardest task, but, it doesn’t have to be. Impress your family by using a food thermometer to cook like a PRO: Place the thermometer, Read the temperature, Out of the oven.
  • Place the thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing, and the thickest part of the breast.
• Read the temperature to make sure that the bird has reached a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.
• Take the turkey Out of the oven, and serve it to your family without worry!
 Planning Ahead: When you are trying to figure out if you can use something you already have at home, keep the FoodKeeper application handy.  This mobile application was created by FSIS in partnership with The Food Marketing Institute and Cornell University. The FoodKeeper offers storage advice on more than 400 different food and beverage items and can help you decide what you can keep and what you should throw out. It also offers handy guidance on leftovers. Download the FoodKeeper today on your Android or iOS device.
 Talk to Real People: For Thanksgiving dinner questions, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. The Hotline has been around for 30 years. Last November they received more than 3,000 calls. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.
 If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat & Poultry Hotline phone line is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 Consumers with more food safety questions can visit to learn more about how to safely select, thaw, and prepare a turkey. FSIS will provide Thanksgiving food safety information during November on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook, at