Nova Scotians Encouraged to Keep Food Safety In Mind Over Holiday Season

Agriculture

December 14, 2011 9:50 AM

A turkey with all the trimmings is a holiday tradition for many Nova Scotians. Whether it is a turkey or other holiday feasts, people are urged to be aware of some important food tips such as how to safely handle raw and cooked food, and how to safely store, transport, and reheat foods for holiday celebrations.

"We encourage all Nova Scotians to keep food safety in mind this holiday season and be aware of proper food-handling practices, said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. "Following some basic rules will help prevent food borne illness this holiday season."

Some principles of food handling are to keep work surfaces and utensils clean, separate foods to avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and chill food promptly to avoid bacteria growth.

The Department of Agriculture has several food safety fact sheets
online, which include:
-- how to prepare and serve buffets
-- how to travel with food
-- how to prepare and store holiday foods
-- how to order and serve take-out foods such as meat trays
-- how to save and re-serve leftovers
-- how to buy, thaw and cook a turkey and store leftovers.

The fact sheets are available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/
The Department of Agriculture food safety staff provide consumer education and facility inspections throughout the year to help protect the health of Nova Scotians.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Department of Agriculture encourages Nova Scotians to

keep food safety in mind this holiday season and use proper food-

handling practices when dealing with raw and cooked food, and

how to safely store, transport, and reheat foods for holiday

celebrations.

     Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says it is important

for Nova Scotians to be aware of proper food handling practices

and follow some basic rules will help prevent food borne illness

this holiday season.

     The fact sheets are available on the department's website.

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Media Contact: Pam Davidson
              Agriculture
              902-424- 8963
              E-mail: davidspm@gov.ns.ca