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Beware Of Bacteria At The Buffet

The last thing you want at a holiday party is a bunch of uninvited guests, including bacteria.nnWhile you’re mingling food that’s left out on a buffet table for hours has plenty of time to turn ugly.nnChef Robert Brener is an instructor at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina.nnHe says you may want to avoid heavy mayo- and egg-based dishes.nn”Keep it light,” he advises. “Whole fruits, whole nuts, whole seeds, whole vegetables.”nnOther food experts agree.nn”The best foods to go on your buffet table are your healthier options. The foods you need to be careful with are gonna be your meats, dairies and cheeses,” says Vanderbilt University’s Liz Aleman.nnIt’s not just the food that’s potentially problematic, especially if you’ve invited a double dipper to the party.nnScientists at Clemson University say double dipping three to six times can transfer as many as 10,000 bacteria from the mouth to the bowl.nnSalsa picks up the most bacteria because it tends to be runny, spreading germs more easily throughout the bowl.nnExperts say that for the most part if you can keep hot things hot and cold foods on ice you should have the makings for a great and bacteria-free party.

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