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USDA to take Thanksgiving Day calls on food safety

The Agriculture Department has released an infographic on how to prepare a turkey safely and has also announced that its helpline will be open on Thanksgiving Day to take calls.

Consumers with more food safety questions can visit to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey.

They may also call the USDA Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 or chat live online with a food safety specialist at

Consumers needing help on Thanksgiving Day may contact the USDA Food Safety Hotline from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service — A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey
— Let's Talk Turkey infographic
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— Turkey: Alternate Routes to the Table