Federal Government warns consumers about ‘Turduckens’

Associated Press Published: November 12, 2012

Charlie Spiering

As part of its preparations for Thanksgiving, the USDA has sent out a “Holiday food safety kit” which includes a warning about the proper preparations required while assembling a “Turducken.” (A ‘Turducken’ is a layered roast chicken, stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey)

“Critical control points involved in handling this risky assemblage are many, especially if the dish is made by a consumer and not in a USDA-inspected plant,” warns the government fact-sheet prepared by the Food Inspection Service.

The over 800 word document warns consumers about the dangers of bacteria – instructing them to keep the meat of the three birds at the proper temperature while assembling the elaborate stuffed poultry.

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