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Week Of Special Interest 11/27/19
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By La Voz Staff

Handle and prepare foods properly

As the holidays get closer, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds Coloradans to follow some simple food safety tips so their holiday feast doesn’t turn into a holiday fiasco.

“The most frequent causes of foodborne illnesses are from foods kept at unsafe temperatures, inadequate hand washing, inappropriate food handling, and preparing and serving foods on soiled services or with contaminated utensils,” said Troy Huffman, retail food program coordinator at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Other causes include cooking foods such as eggs, poultry and meats below the proper temperature. By following some simple food safety guidelines, holiday parties and meals will be safe and enjoyable for all.”

Here are some basic tips:

Cool all leftovers: Leftovers should be cooled to 41 degrees F or lower within four hours after cooking. Do not leave foods containing meat, dairy, eggs, fish or poultry at room temperature. This includes casseroles and pumpkin or other custard pies that are popular during the holidays.

Wash hands: Use with soap and warm water before food preparation and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, sneezing, coughing, eating, drinking, or smoking. Also, wash hands after handling raw meat, eggs, fish, or poultry.

Don’t cross-contaminate: Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, knives, sponges and countertops. Minimize cross-contamination risks by thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing knives, cutting boards, and other utensils, particularly between the preparation of raw meat and foods that will not be further cooked. Using a commercially prepared sanitizing wipe can be an easy and quick cleaning alternative to help minimize cross-contamination.

Cooking Temperatures: Buy a cooking thermometer, and use it properly. The thermometer should be placed in the thickest part of the food and don’t let it touch bone, fat, or gristle. Turkey and stuffing should be cooked separately to 165 F and ham to 145 F before serving. Recipes with eggs must be cooked thoroughly to 15 F or above. If egg dishes do not require cooking, such as homemade eggnog or salad dressing, use pasteurized egg products instead of shelled eggs.

Thaw Foods Properly: Do not thaw foods at room temperature. Plan enough time to thaw food in the refrigerator, placing thawing items on a tray to catch any juices that may leak from the packaging to avoid cross-contamination of other foods.

The number of days a frozen turkey takes to thaw in a refrigerator depends on the size. A turkey 4-12 pounds takes one to three days to thaw; 12-16 pounds takes three to four days; 16-20 pounds takes four to five days; and 20-24 pounds takes five to six days.

If you’re ill: When you’re not feeling well, do not prepare or handle foods.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate: David C. Joseph of Louisiana, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. David Joseph is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, where he serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer for the District. Before becoming United States Attorney in 2018, Mr. Joseph served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana, where he prosecuted a wide variety of offenses, and crimes committed on the district’s military installations.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis announced the launch of the New Americans Initiative, headed by Kit Taintor, Senior Advisor to the Governor for New American Integration. Focusing on Colorado’s new American populations, the Initiative will involve executive agencies and diverse stakeholders, including nonprofit providers, to ensure new Americans have the opportunity to thrive in their communities. Kit will provide strategic focus to support a Colorado community that immigrants and refugees are eager to call home. “This week, as the United States Supreme Court hears arguments on DACA, we want to clearly state that Coloradans embrace new Americans, and see the value and strength they bring to our communities,” said Governor Jared Polis.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the City of Denver reminds residents to be a good neighboor. Shovel all sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and bus stops around your home as soon as it’s practical & safe. Show kindness, help your neighbors if they aren’t able to shovel. You can even volunteer to be an official Snow Angel. More info is available at





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