BISMARCK, ND - Roughly 1 in 6 Americans get sick due to foodborne diseases each year. Since Thanksgiving is a holiday known for the preparation of large meals to be enjoyed between friends and family, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind North Dakotans that preparing and handling food in the correct way is important to prevent foodborne illnesses.
“Following the basics of food safety when preparing turkey and other foods can help you and others stay healthy this holiday season,” said Slate Boyer, HHS epidemiologist.
HHS recommends the following food safety tips:
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, sickness, abdominal cramps and loose stools. HHS advises individuals who have signs of severe illness, which may also include a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit or dehydration, to consult a health care provider.
To learn more about food safety or to report a possible foodborne illness, contact the HHS Disease Control and Forensic Pathology Section at 701-328-3278 or visit the HHS Foodborne and Gastrointestinal Illness webpage.
Food safety is one part of a safe and healthy holiday season. North Dakotans can find help with food and home heating costs and behavioral health needs at https://www.hhs.nd.gov.