Safety advice for turkey prep

Thank you for asking the USDA to make public turkey brands involved in the ongoing Salmonella outbreak. Consumer Reports has this important advice on safely preparing and cooking turkey:

  • Cook all turkey to an internal temperature of 165° F before eating. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature throughout the turkey and in any stuffing.
  • Wash your hands frequently, both during and after handling raw turkey.
  • Avoid washing raw turkey before preparing it, because this may spread the germs around your kitchen.
  • Be sure to thoroughly wash all countertops, cutting boards, utensils, and any other kitchen items that come into contact with raw turkey.
  • Don’t give your pets raw turkey. You can get sick if you handle raw pet food and don’t wash your hands properly —and your pets can get sick from salmonella, too.