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Dinner Is Done; Trashing Thanksgiving Leftovers

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SALISBURY, Md. - If you've been savoring your Thanksgiving leftovers - today is your last day according to experts at Ohio State University.

Each day, 350 hundred people are hospitalized with food poisoning and the risk goes up during the holidays. Extra food means extra hands and extra potential for contamination.

"It's very easy to cross-contaminate food this time of year, especially with so many cooks in the kitchen," said Liz Weinandy, a registered and licensed dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "If you need help in the kitchen, make sure people are in charge of specific duties, so you can limit contact during food preparation," she said.

Experts say turkey should be eaten within three or four days of being cooked, making Monday the cut off. And because stuffing and gravy contain a lot of moisture and protein, it's a prime breeding ground for bacteria. It should only have been kept for 48 hours.   

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