Harvard Health Letter

Mind the holiday buffet

There are hundreds of germs in food that can make people sick. Ingesting small amounts won’t harm most healthy people. But when food sits out at room temperature for two hours or more, on a buffet table for example, conditions become right for harmful bacteria to multiply. People who eat those foods may get sick. Sometimes food contamination takes place during preparation, when foods are either undercooked or are not handled properly. It’s important when eating buffet food to avoid dishes that have been sitting out for a long period of time.  
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