Friday, November 11, 2011

Myth: It's hard to find food safety information.

Answer: BUSTED!

roasted turkey with meat thermometer
With the holidays coming up and company coming over, food safety is on our mind. There’s lots of information at your fingertips on the web or by phone.
  • is a good one-stop website for information about food recalls and food safety.
    • On the site, you can find a link to their blog for even more "practical information and tips from the experts" on food safety topics. They currently have multiple posts on cooking turkey safely.
    • You can also use the Ask Karen feature on their website to either search their database of common food safety questions, to chat online with a food safety expert (available weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time or by phone at 1-888-674-6854), or to email your question to the hotline to get an answer. There are links to access these services in Spanish or via mobile devices.
  • Through November and December Butterball hosts the Turkey Talk hotline at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time). Bilingual assistance is available (English and Spanish). You can also email
  • You can find a list of holiday food and recipe hotlines at
  • You can also go to and search for information on food safety/food handling.

Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573-882-1933

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