If you are hosting a holiday party, there are some guests you will want to keep away: bacteria that cause foodborne illness. You can do that by avoiding cross-contamination of raw meat, poultry, seafood and raw eggs, says Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.
"Any sort of raw meat needs to be carefully handled. Anything that has touched that raw meat should be considered contaminated, including your hands," says Dr. Tosh. "Whether it’s an uncooked ham, turkey or a piece of beef, consider everything that it has touched to be contaminated."
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It's not just raw meat that can cause foodborne illness. Baking cookies, cakes, and breads is a holiday tradition for many. Be careful not to eat raw dough or let others, especially children, sample the dough or lick the spoon. Raw flour and raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria that will make people sick.
Use these food safety tips to avoid illness:
Dr. Tosh says safe food handling, good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are all important factors in staying healthy during a busy holiday season.