Beware of Spoiled Turkey

That weird smell coming from the refrigerator can only mean one thing, those Thanksgiving day leftovers are getting old.

It's a race against time if you want to keep those Thanksgiving day leftovers safe for consumption.

It seems everyone has a story when it comes to the abundance of food left over at the end of turkey day.

Devon Nelson said, "Maybe for like a day or two they're fine, but after that I've had enough."

Cliff Bratton adds, "Not my mom's leftovers, but some of my other relatives, yeah, I've gotten sick off of theirs."

The Food Safety and Inspection Service Web site offers a time line for keeping holiday leftovers. It recommends turkey leftovers be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. They also say if you are freezing cooked turkey it can last about four months.

Rickie Brown works in the meat department and offers a few more tips for saving Thanksgiving leftovers.

"Sometimes you got to look at it or taste just a little piece of it, like I said, if you got a grainy taste or a little funny taste to it disregard it, don't eat it at all because it can make you real sick."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 76 million people get sick each year because of food borne illnesses.

The CDC also reports that 300,000 people are hospitalized each year from food borne illness, and 5,000 die.


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