The holiday season is off and running! For many of us that
means warming up with a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider, but drink
cautiously to make sure you’re drinking pasteurized cider to avoid getting sick.
Unpasteurized cider can make you and your family ill because it hasn’t been
heated to kill harmful bacteria.
These treats can still be enjoyed safely. Keep an eye out
for warning labels on cider that say whether or not the juice has been
pasteurized. Cider is often served at special events or a friend’s house in the
spirit of the holiday season. If you aren’t sure if the cider is safe, ask if
it has been pasteurized. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
When baking holiday cookies, remember to steer clear of
eating the cookie dough, no matter how enticing it may be. Cookie dough may be delicious,
but you also run the risk of contracting Salmonella from eating it. Nothing
puts a damper on the holiday season more than not feeling well, or worse,
spreading the illness to family and friends.
Elderly, children, pregnant women and those with weakened
immune systems are more susceptible to becoming ill. Foodborne illness symptoms
often mimic flu symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache
and fever. If you aren’t sure and symptoms persist, contact your health care
Enjoy the holidays safely:
  • Don’t drink unpasteurized cider to avoid getting sick.
  • If you aren’t sure if cider has been treated, ask.
  • Don’t eat the cookie dough.
  • If symptoms of foodborne illness persist, contact a health
    care provider.

Stay food safe to stay healthy this holiday season.