OSU hotline offers answers to Thanksgiving food safety questions


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Did you know that turkey is done when an internal thermometer in the thigh registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit?

With Thanksgiving around the corner, receive answers to questions like these from the Oregon State University Extension Service's holiday food safety/preservation hotline at 1-800-354-7319. The free service is open for calls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18-22, and Nov. 25-26.

Typical questions range from how to make the perfect stuffing recipe to how long to thaw a frozen turkey to how to safely travel to the big family gathering with a cooked bird, said Nellie Oehler, a retired family community health educator with OSU Extension.

Master Food Preserver volunteers trained by OSU Extension staff the hotline and field an average of more than 200 questions every November, according to Oehler.

Additionally, OSU Extension has published two new fact sheets on turkey food safety at http://bit.ly/OSU_TurkeyFactSheet and http://bit.ly/OSU_TurkeyBasics. A fact sheet is also available in Spanish at http://bit.ly/OSU_PreparacióndelPavo.

For more information, see OSU Extension's website, Food Safety Resources, at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/food-safety. You can also submit food safety questions at any time to OSU Extension's Ask an Expert service at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/extension-ask-an-expert

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About the OSU Extension Service: Created in 1911, the Oregon State University Extension Service provides the public with easy-to-understand, research-based knowledge through workshops, hotlines, 1,200 publications, online assistance, videos, and faculty in each of Oregon's 36 counties. It adapts the research for practical, local uses by farmers, ranchers, foresters, families, gardeners, youths, seniors and coastal residents. Its programs include 4-H and Master Gardeners.