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The food will be aplenty at holiday parties this Christmas. As you lay out food for your family and loved ones, the USDA is offering up some tips to keep everyone healthy this time of year.
 
Marianne Gravely (grav-lee) says this all starts with food preparation and properly putting together meals. Gravely encourages the one charged with preparing the meal to remember the four steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.
 
 
When hosting family or friends in the next several weeks, Gravely says it is important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
 
 
Gravely says hand washing is a must when preparing food and keeping those surfaces clean. 
 
Get more tips on food preparation, including USDA recommendations for temperatures to get meats cooked to, by visiting foodsafety.gov, askkaren.gov, or call 888-MPHOTLINE.

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