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DHSS Press Release

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

Date: December 17, 2013


DOVER (Dec. 17 , 2013) - An estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness occur each year in the U.S. DPH urges you: "Don't toss your cookies this holiday season!" Join the CDC on Twitter this Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for a lively and informative question and answer session on how to be food-smart and food-safe over the holidays. Food safety experts from the CDC, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, along with guest culinary enthusiasts, will host a Twitter chat for consumers with easy-to-remember tips for a safe and healthy holiday season. Follow @CDCgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCchat to participate.

"Contact between raw poultry and ready-to-eat food is one of the most common mistakes during meal preparation at home," said Jamie Mack, 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.

The Division of Public Health (DPH) offers the following tips to help Delawareans prepare holiday meals in a delicious and safe way.

Plan your menu before the holiday:

For more information on holiday food preparation, go to

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.