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The DeKalb County Health Department is advising Thanksgiving cooks to keep raw, uncooked foods award from ready to eat stuff like salad or deviled eggs.

Environmental Health Practitioner Dawn Nance says it's important to prevent cross contamination of foods.

The turkey should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Food should only be left out for serving for about two hours.

Food should be stored in shallow containers in the fridge. Nance says to avoid putting food that's still very warm in the fridge in a sealed plastic container that can trap hear inside. She likes to use aluminum foil to cover leftovers. And speaking of leftovers, Nance says most things can be kept for about six days in the fridge after it is served on Thanksgiving.

Leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees before eating.