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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: November 19, 2012


An estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness occur each year in the U.S. Contact between raw poultry and ready-to-eat food is one of the most common mistakes during meal preparation at home, said Ralph Matthews, manager of the Division of Public Health's (DPH) Office of Food Protection. Consumers are advised to always use soap and warm water to wash hands, and to thoroughly clean and sanitize the sink, cutting boards, utensils and anything else that comes in contact with raw turkey and its juices. Start with soap and hot water (at least 110 degrees F), scrubbing to remove food debris and oils before rinsing. Then sanitize with a mixture of one teaspoon bleach to one gallon of water.

DPH offers the following tips to help Delawareans prepare holiday meals in a delicious and safe way.

For more information on holiday food preparation, go to

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