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Food safety tips
United States Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline is a toll-free telephone service and webpage that helps consumers reduce the risk of foodborne illness, specifically by answering their questions about safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry and egg products. Callers may speak with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, weekdays. Recorded messages in English or Spanish, are available at all times. Thanksgiving Day hours: Food safety specialists will be available to answer your calls from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The Hotline may be reached by calling: 1-888-674-6854
E-mail: You may also send questions via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular mail: The Hotline has recently relocated to the George Washington Carver Center in Beltsville, MD. The new mailing address is:
Seasonal features from USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline: Learn how to handle and store your holiday meals safely this year with helpful tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. Each of the four Turkey Basics articles listed below are also available in PDF format.
For more information on the safe handling of meat, poultry and egg products, go to the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline webpage.
Page last updated: 07/9/13