By David Mittleman

The highly contagious norovirus causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths each year in the U.S., according to a recent Detroit Free Press article. The norovirus is the most common source of what we commonly call “food poisoning.”

The holidays tend to invite a special opportunity for food-borne illnesses. Families prepare large amounts of food, often rushing through the preparation and cooking and leaving leftovers out too long. At room temperature, bacteria can double every twenty minutes. When it comes to preparation, bacteria easily transfers from the turkey to …read more