Monday, November 23, 2009

Make Food Safety Part Of Your Holiday Menu

Those of you who have known me for a while probably know that, in addition to feline medicine and surgery, and zoonotic diseases, I also have a professional interest in food safety. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the largest employer of veterinarians in the country, providing slaughter and packing facility inspection and supervision. FSIS also serves the public by providing educational outreach on food safety issues. They have published a web page on making your holiday dinner safe at this link.

If you are wondering why all the fuss about food safety, here's the FDA's web site known as The Bad Bug Book - it's all about the nasties you can catch from eating formerly living things. Our main concerns with turkey appear to be Salmonella and Campylobacter.

And be sure to keep that dangerous turkey wishbone well out of the cat's reach. I have seen them involved in near-disasters.