Salmonella Bacteria in Turkey Stuffing

Public health officials have warned about the serious problems turkey stuffing can cause.

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Each holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, there are cases of severe illness due to food poisoning caused by improper handling of turkey stuffing.  The salmonella bacteria are the culprits.  They like to lurk in the middle of incompletely cooked poultry, right where you put the stuffing.  So never stuff the bird the night before.  Stuff it only right before you roast it, and remove all the stuffing as quickly as possible after roasting.  If you put the stuffing into a cheesecloth bag before you stuff it into the bird, it will be very easy to remove.

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Freezing does not kill salmonella, so defrosted poultry should be treated in the same way as a fresh bird.  Whenever you are working with raw poultry, remember that you may have bacteria on your hands.  Once the bird is in the oven, wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces thoroughly, in hot, soapy water.  Cutting boards with porous surfaces should be scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush and disinfectant at least once a week.  I recommend disinfecting with a weak bleach solution, mixed with one part liquid bleach to 10 parts water.  If you have an automatic dishwasher, you may use it to clean you cutting boards, but do not let wooden boards go through the drying cycle.

We should always be careful in handling food at all times.  We would hate to see anyone in the family or circle of friends suffering from food poisoning instead of enjoying the festivities of the season.

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  1. thanks for the info. I wasn’t aware of salmonella bacteria in turkey stuffing. stuffing is my favorite part of the turkey. so stuff it right before you roast it. sounds good. Great write

  2. I will not eat that anymore…

  3. very useful and preventive information. very good article, great pictures..thanks

  4. Thanks for the warning and tips!

  5. Very informative article..Thanks for this nice write!

  6. The infection of salmonella is a nightmare. People who always eat outside are prone to be infected with salmonella. Thanks!

  7. Great tips. Salmonella very well adds to the flavor when undetected. It depends on a strong gut. Well done post kabayan.

  8. Very good tips and information. Thanks for posting

  9. Really, thanks for the info.

  10. That’s a very important info.

  11. Very informative. Thanks!

  12. Thank you for this information! Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

  13. Great article!I was aware of this but I think a lot of people are not and this will be very,very helpful in the upcoming season!Terrific topic and write!

  14. A very well timed reminder.

  15. Good tips! Thank you for that.

  16. Good tips! Thank you for that.
    I forgot that freezing doesn`t make the bacteria die.

  17. Thank you. I will be carefuldurign the festive season

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