CDC & Food Safety
Special Invitation: Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat
December 18, 2013 | 3-4 PM ET
This Holiday, Don’t Toss Your Cookies!
Wait—What’s a Twitter chat?
Twitter chats are scheduled gatherings of people on Twitter to discuss anything that interests them, using a # hashtag to keep track of the conversation. There are chats for everything from blogging on art to agriculture to, yes, health!
Twitter chats offer participants a great way to network and share knowledge. It’s similar to a chat room in that it’s a topic-driven conversation happening in real time; it just happens to take place on Twitter.
Not using Twitter? No problem.
Just visit https://twitter.com/CDCgov and click “Sign Up” to get started.
How to Participate
Join us Wednesday, December 18, from 3–4 PM ET. Sign in by 2:45 PM ET.
To follow the conversation, search for the #CDCchat hashtag on Twitter. You may also use a third-party service such as Tweetchat. Be sure to use #CDCchat when you participate.
Spread the word
We’d also appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about the Twitter chat:
Promote the event on your Twitter and Facebook profiles.
- Retweet #CDCchat announcements from @CDCgov.
- Share the CDC Facebook event on your page.
- Participate in the chat.
Test Your Food Safety Knowledge
- Outbreaks caused by which pathogen typically peak following Thanksgiving?
- What safe minimum internal temperature is recommended for cooking turkey?
- No one wants to spend Christmas running to the bathroom because the ham was bad. Once cooked, what temperature should you keep hot food at or above (all temperatures in °F)?
- Mmmm… leftovers. How long can you safely freeze turkey leftovers? (Pieces, not whole turkey.)
- Which U.S. president reportedly died from food poisoning? Bonus: What food reportedly was implicated?
- What online tool lets you search for outbreaks in each state?
Wanna know the answers? Tune in to the chat to find these answers and much more. But, if you can’t wait, the answers are shown below.