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A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service where foods are left out for long periods leave the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Follow these easy tips for food safety when entertaining. With proper preparation, you can be creative and tempt your party guests with an array of fun platters while still keeping food safety in mind!

Buy, Store & Serve Safe Food

A good safety tip to keep in mind all year, not just in the holiday season: Follow the directions on your ready-to-cook food packages to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

pdfAbout Cooking for Groups Food Safety Infographic

pdfCooking for Groups and Holiday Food Safety in the Kitchen


Video: The "Game Day" Food Action of Two Parties

Spoof of a Sunday Afternoon Sports show highlighting the importance of using the nutrition facts label to control portions, fat, calories and percent daily value. Two studio "sports announcers" describe the "game day" food action of two parties: the first, a TV football game gathering and the second, a traditional sit-down dinner. Using the Nutrition Facts Label as their scorecard and the 5-20 Rule as their guide, the two announcers bounce back and forth between the action at the two sites, comparing serving sizes, ingredients and overall food choices in this "Battle of the Dueling Dinner Parties". Produced by CDRH-TV for U.S. Food and Drug Administration CFSAN Read More

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Information and Resources

FoodSafety.gov Charts: Food Safety at a Glance

How long can you store leftovers in the refrigerator? How can you tell when chicken breasts are done? How long does it take to cook a turkey? Check out these charts for fast answers.

FoodSafety.gov: FoodKeeper App

The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.

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