January 24, 2006

Are you celebrating the Chinese New Year?


NEWMARKET- January 29th marks the Chinese New Year and as the preparation for this exciting celebration fast approaches, York Region Health Services would like to remind residents to take the proper precautions when preparing food for their families and guests. Below are some food safety tips to keep in mind:


         Ensure all meat and poultry come from an approved and inspected source. Check for labels and tags on the packaging.  Ask your butcher regarding the source of the meats and look for the following meat stamps:



Meat signs


         For poultry, look for tags from a federally or provincially inspected plant (on the whole carcass)

         Check for stamps on large carcasses and labels on pre-packaged items      


By following these food safety tips you can reduce the risk of family members and guests contracting a food-borne illness. For a food safety brochure or for more information on this and other health-related issues please contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free) or visit www.york.ca.


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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca



Media Contacts           Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services

905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302

Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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