Rule 1: Clean — wash hands, surfaces, and utensils often to avoid spreading bacteria when preparing food. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of food-borne illness is by washing your hands frequently.
Rule 2: Separate — use different cutting boards for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and veggies. Remember that one of the best ways to guarantee a safe Thanksgiving dinner is to keep the raw turkey away from vegetables and side dishes that won't be cooked.
Rule 3: Heat — remember, you can't tell it's done by how it looks! To ensure food is cooked thoroughly, use a food thermometer. Every part of the turkey should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rule 4: Chill — bacteria can grow at temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit so make sure the refrigerator stays at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Always refrigerate pumpkin pie and return any leftovers to the refrigerator within two hours.
For more information, Peter DeLucia will be a guest on The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow.