The federal government is worried that America is too stressed out to deal with Thanksgiving dinner safely so at least two departments have entered to help everybody live through the uniquely American holiday while also curbing global warming.
“This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness,” warned the Agriculture Department.
As a result, USDA is offering tips to help cooks win applause. Or, as they blogged Monday, “To avoid making everyone at the table sick, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service offers five tips for a food safe Thanksgiving.”
Among them: Don’t wash the bird because that can spray contaminated water up to three feet away.
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The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, wants Americans to go green for the holidays.
“The volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – about 1 million extra tons,” said EPA “There are many simple ways to ‘green’ your holiday season by reducing, recycling, and reusing. You can also minimize your impacts on climate change.”