To avoid the risk of becoming ill from contaminated food this holiday season, state health officials Wednesday encouraged Coloradans to pay special attention to the handling and preparation of foods.
Jeff Lawrence, the food safety program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection Division, said, “If you improperly cool foods, such as, thawing your turkey on the counter at room temperature instead of in the refrigerator. Or, if you prepare ready- to-eat foods with contaminated utensils and don’t wash your hands frequently while handling food, you increase the chance of contracting a foodborne illness.”
Lawrence said that improper cooking temperatures also may increase the risk of foodborne illness.

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