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Reheating Turkey Leftovers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2006

Part of the pleasure from holiday turkey dinners is enjoying the leftovers. But we need to use caution to be sure leftovers are handled properly to prevent foodborne illness. Leftovers should have been refrigerated or frozen within two hours after serving. In other words, perishable foods should not be at room temperature for more than two hours. Exception to the rule is one hour if room temperature is above 90 degrees F.

According to the Food Safety Inspection Service with U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooked turkey may be eaten cold or reheated, if leftovers were handled properly. When reheating turkey in the oven, the following is suggested by FSIS/USDA:

For more information about food safety, visit the USDA website at: www.fsis.usda.gov

Source: Jananne Finck, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness, finckj@illinois.edu

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