Spread cheer not germs

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - Outbreaks of Ecoli, turkey recalls, and the annual cold season could hamper the family gathering for Thanksgiving. That's why handling your food with care is important.

Restaurant owners, like those at the Colonial House, have a fine tuned system for making sure they are eliminating germs and cross contamination when prepping, storing, and heating food. Some of those food safety protocols are easily implemented at home for Thanksgiving.

First, wash your produce after you bring it home. Next, use separate cutting boards for raw meat, cooked meat, and produce.

In your refrigerator, store raw meat at the bottom so it won't drip on food below and, the most important food safety rule, wash your hands.

"It's more important to us than even wearing gloves." said Jeff Slathar, pastry chef at the Colonial House. "Gloves can give you a false sense of security because you don't change them enough."

Slathar says there's an easy way to know if you've washed them long enough.

"Sing the ABC song and that's how long you should be washing," Slathar said.