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Ready For That Traditional Holiday Meal? Keep Food Safety In Mind Every Step Of The Way



 Ready For That Traditional Holiday Meal? Keep Food Safety In Mind Every Step
                                  Of The Way

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' HomeFoodSafety.org
helps keep your family and friends safe from food poisoning this holiday
season.

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Food is as much a part of holiday
gatherings as football, candles and carols. This holiday season, the Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods encourage Americans to enjoy
healthy holiday meals while keeping food safety in mind every step of the way
with tips from the Home Food Safety program's www.HomeFoodSafety.org.

"Preparing a buffet of food can be overwhelming, so proper preparation and
additional attention to food safety is key to keeping your friends and family
safe from food poisoning," said registered dietitian and spokesperson for the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Joan Salge Blake. "Some of your guests may
be at a higher risk for developing serious illness from food poisoning,
including young children, pregnant women and older adults."

Don't let food poisoning spoil the party. Follow these simple steps from
www.HomeFoodSafety.org for planning, shopping, cooking and wrapping up the
party:

Proper planning. Make sure your kitchen is equipped with what you need for
safe food handling, including two cutting boards (one for raw meats and
seafood and the other for ready-to-eat foods), a food thermometer, shallow
containers for storage, paper towels and soap. Store foods in the refrigerator
at 40 degrees F or below or in the freezer at 0 degrees F or below. Check the
temperature of both the refrigerator and freezer with a refrigerator
thermometer.

Safe shopping. It's important to keep food safety in mind as you shop,
according to Salge Blake. Whether in the shopping cart, reusable grocery tote
or the car trunk, keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate from
ready-to-eat foods like fruit, vegetables and bread. Don't purchase bruised or
damaged produce, or canned goods that are dented, leaking, bulging or rusted,
as these may become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

Buy cold foods last and bring foods directly home from the grocery store.
Remember to always refrigerate perishable foods, such as raw meat or poultry,
within two hours.

Working in the kitchen
"In a holiday kitchen filled with family and friends, all hands may be on
deck, but are those hands clean?" Salge Blake asked. "Make sure everyone
washes their hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before
and after handling food."

When baking delicious holiday treats, remember that no one should eat raw
cookie dough or brownie batter containing raw eggs. Have children take the
Cookie Rookie Pledge before they assist in the kitchen.

Wrapping up leftovers
"As you eat and visit with family and friends, keep in mind how long the food
on the buffet table has been sitting out unrefrigerated," Salge Blake said.
"Remember that you can't tell if a food is unsafe by taste, smell or
appearance alone."

Throw away all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles,
left at room temperature longer than two hours. Refrigerate or freeze other
leftovers in shallow, air-tight containers and label with an expiration date.
Check our Keep It Cool: Food Storage Chart or Is My Food Safe? app to
determine how long to keep leftovers. Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees F, and
do not eat expired foods as this could lead to food poisoning.

Learn more about food safety during the holidays and all year round with the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' redesigned www.HomeFoodSafety.org or
download the free Is My Food Safe? app for Apple and Android devices.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety
program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of
food poisoning and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in
their own kitchens. More information can be found at www.homefoodsafety.org.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic
Association) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition
professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and
advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and
advocacy. To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's leading food
companies, with brands in 97 percent of America's households. Consumers find
Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's,
Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim,
Snack Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass
merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong
business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato
products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of
well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For
more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

SOURCE Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Contact: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn, 800/877-1600, ex. 4769, 4802,
media@eatright.org
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