The US Centers for Disease Control celebrated the joyous season by leading an online chat on keeping the holiday free from foodborne illness.
CDC officials led a Twitter-based discussion on how food processors and consumers can work to ensure food and beverages consumed during the holidays remain festive and healthy.
Using the hashtag #CDCchat, the agency invited food folks from around the globe to discuss which foods carry the greatest risk, how Christmas chefs can best prepare dishes to eliminate pathogens, and how to protect yourself while eating and mingling on the holiday.
Below is some of the helpful, insightful input offered up by #CDCchat participants. Discussion was lively enough to push the #CDCchat hashtag onto the list of trending Twitter topics and keep it there hours after the CDC's one-hour timeframe wrapped up.